Definition of weta in English:

weta

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɛtə
 
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noun

  • A large brown wingless insect related to the grasshoppers, with long spiny legs and wood-boring larvae, found only in New Zealand.
    • Family Stenopelmatidae: several genera, including Deinacrida (the giant wetas)
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    • Tuataras are primarily nocturnal predators of arthropods, especially those associated with sea bird colonies, and tree wetas (giant New Zealand orthopterans).
    • A session conducted by this well-known entomologist attracted more than three hundred children who laughed hysterically as he let George the weta and other insects crawl across his face and even into his mouth.
    • All the wetas I've seen have been tree wetas and I've seen them hidden under flaps of bark.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Maori.

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