[ ee-ee-wee ]
/ iˈi wi /
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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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Example sentences from the Web for iiwi
The meles tell of their love in the Pulou ravine, where they caught the bright iiwi birds, and the scarlet apapani.Hawaiian Folk Tales|Various
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