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huia

[ hoo-yuh ]
/ ˈhu yə /
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noun

an apparently extinct, crowlike bird, Heteralocha acutirostris, of New Zealand, noted for the completely different bill shapes of the male and female.

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Origin of huia

First recorded in 1835–45, huia is from the Maori word hūia
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huia
/ (ˈhʊɪjə) /

noun

an extinct bird of New Zealand, Heteralocha acutirostris, prized by early Māoris for its distinctive tail feathers

Word Origin for huia

Māori
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