Definition of kea in English:

kea

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Pronunciation: /ˈkiːə
 
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noun

  • A New Zealand mountain parrot with a long, narrow bill and mainly olive-green plumage, sometimes feeding on carrion.
    • Nestor notabilis, family Psittacidae
    More example sentences
    • All year round visitors are enchanted by the antics of New Zealand's high country parrot, the kea.
    • Beware the kea, a ten-pound mountain parrot that loves to chew and destroy all things indispensable: tents, packs, boots, and jackets.
    • New Zealand motorists have to beware a native parrot, the kea, which is just as keen on pecking off rubber windscreen wipers and window surrounds.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Maori, imitative of its call.

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