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nene

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noun, plural ne·ne.
  1. a barred, gray-brown wild goose, Nesochen sandvicensis, native to Hawaii, where it is the state bird.

Origin of nene

First recorded in 1900–05, nene is from the Hawaiian word nēnē
Also called Hawaiian goose.
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nene

noun
  1. a rare black-and-grey short-winged Hawaiian goose, Branta sandvicensis, having partly webbed feet

Word Origin

from Hawaiian
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