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huia

[hoo-yuh] /ˈhu yə/
noun
1.
an apparently extinct, crowlike bird, Heteralocha acutirostris, of New Zealand, noted for the completely different bill shapes of the male and female.
Origin of huia
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45, huia is from the Maori word hūia
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  • Poor huia grew into a splendid and talented youth, but was disabled by an accident while diving.

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British Dictionary definitions for huia

huia

/ˈhʊɪjə/
noun
1.
an extinct bird of New Zealand, Heteralocha acutirostris, prized by early Māoris for its distinctive tail feathers
Word Origin
Māori
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