- 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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The importance of the Nene to the counties through which it passed was very great.Notes on Old Peterborough
It lies in the midst of the flat fen country, on the old course of the river Nene.
He also carried out considerable works in relation to the Nene Valley drainage and the reclamation of land at the Norfolk estuary.
Another, with Osbiorn at their head, having joined them off the mouth of the Humber, sailed (it seems) up the Nene.Hereward, The Last of the English
The Nene still has its outfall here, and flows through the town in a fine sweep locally called the Brink.Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely
Rev. Edward Conybeare.
- a rare black-and-grey short-winged Hawaiian goose, Branta sandvicensis, having partly webbed feet
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