[ kah-goo ]
/ ˈkɑ gu /


a raillike bird, Rhinochetus jubatus, of the island of New Caledonia, having a gray body, black-and-white wings, and a long, shaggy crest: an endangered species.

Origin of kagu

First recorded in 1860–65; < a language of New Caledonia
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/ (ˈkɑːɡuː) /


a crested nocturnal bird, Rhynochetos jubatus, with a red bill and greyish plumage: occurs only in New Caledonia and is nearly extinct: family Rhynochetidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc)

Word Origin for kagu

native name in New Caledonia
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