Definition of weka in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwekə/


A large flightless New Zealand rail with heavily built legs and feet.
  • Gallirallus australis, family Rallidae.
Example sentences
  • Gangly yet beautifully coloured with its bright indigo feathers, glossy black wings, and vivid red beak and legs, the pukeko is a member of the same family as the weka.
  • I see a weka, the most common of the flightless ones, out by day whereas kiwis walk by night.
  • Ornithologists on an expedition to the Calayan Island in the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines have discovered a rare near-flightless rail, related to New Zealand's weka.


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

Words that rhyme with weka

Becker, checker, Cheka, chequer, Dekker, exchequer, Flecker, mecca, Neckar, Necker, Quebecker, Rebecca, Rijeka, trekker, wrecker

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Syllabification: we·ka

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