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huia

[hoo-yuh]
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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

First recorded in 1835–45, huia is from the Maori word hūia
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Historical Examples

  • Poor Huia grew into a splendid and talented youth, but was disabled by an accident while diving.

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    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey


British Dictionary definitions for huia

huia

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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