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  1. a Hawaiian honeycreeper, Vestiaria coccinea, having a red body, black wings, and a deeply curved pinkish-red bill.
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Origin of iiwi

1885–90; < Hawaiian ʿiʿiwi, derivative of ʿiwi reddish; compare earlier eeeeve (1779)
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Historical Examples

  • Sometimes the iiwi (a small red bird) fluttered in the air and uttered its shrill, happy song, and Maui saw and heard.

    Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina

    W. D. Westervelt