- a large, greenish New Zealand parrot, Nestor notabilis.
Origin of kea
Borrowed into English from Maori around 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for kea
Kean't buy liquor in this State we're strikin' now, stranger.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)
Then Kea, with a shriek, guessed in a moment exactly what had happened.
Kea and her party could hot have come this way at all towards the crater.
Kea had said her betrothed was somebody of very great importance.
I saw the dress that Kea is to wear, and the bridesmaids' veils.
- a large New Zealand parrot, Nestor notabilis, with brownish-green plumage
C19: from Māori, imitative of its call
- (in New Zealand) a member of the junior branch of the Scouts
- transliteration of the Modern Greek name for Keos
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