Definition of kea in English:

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Pronunciation: /kēə/


A New Zealand mountain parrot with a long, narrow bill and mainly olive-green plumage.
  • Nestor notabilis, family Psittacidae.
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.


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

Words that rhyme with kea

Achaea, aliyah, Almería, Apia, Bahía, Caesarea, Cassiopeia, Chaldea, Cytherea, Euboea, foreseer, freer, galleria, gynaecea, Iphigenia, Kampuchea, keyer, Latakia, Leah, Lucia, Nicaea, Nicosia, onomatopoeia, Oriya, osteria, Pangaea, Pantelleria, pharmacopoeia, pizzeria, ria, rupiah, sangría, seer, sharia, Shia, skier, spiraea (US spirea), Tanzania, taqueria, Tarpeia, Thea, trachea, trattoria, urea

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Syllabification: ke·a

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