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takahe

[tuh-kahy, -kah-ee]
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noun
  1. notornis.

Origin of takahe

First recorded in 1850–55, takahe is from the Maori word takahē
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British Dictionary definitions for takahe

takahe

noun
  1. a very rare flightless New Zealand rail, Notornis mantelli

Word Origin

from Māori, of imitative origin
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