Definition of kereru in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɛrəruː/


A New Zealand pigeon which has mainly greenish metallic plumage with white underparts and a purplish-crimson bill and feet.
  • Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae, family Columbidae. Alternative name: New Zealand pigeon.
Example sentences
  • Have I mentioned that my favourite New Zealand bird is the kereru, the native wood pigeon?
  • We did see a tui and a kereru in Cornwall Park today.
  • There were trees over hanging the pool, and as we lay back we were entertained by a kereru and a tui in the branches.


Late 19th century: from Maori.

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Line breaks: ker¦eru

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