[ key-uh, kee-uh ]
/ ˈkeɪ ə, ˈki ə /
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a large, greenish New Zealand parrot, Nestor notabilis.
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Origin of kea
Borrowed into English from Maori around 1860–65
Other definitions for kea (2 of 2)
[ key-ah, kee-uh ]
/ ˈkeɪ ɑ, ˈki ə /
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How to use kea in a sentence
The old man seemed to grow moody and sullen; Kea was rather grieved and saddened.
It was not till we began to chew green sugar-cane together by way of dessert, that Kea's spirits at all returned.
Kea's voice sank lower than ever, and she glanced around her with a frightened little gaze.
Kea pointed out to us with demonstrative finger the various floors or ledges on the inner wall.
Not a living soul remained upon the spot save Frank and myself, and Kea and her uncle.
British Dictionary definitions for kea (1 of 3)
/ (ˈkeɪə) /
a large New Zealand parrot, Nestor notabilis, with brownish-green plumage
Word Origin for kea
C19: from Māori, imitative of its call
British Dictionary definitions for kea (2 of 3)
noun plural Kea
(in New Zealand) a member of the junior branch of the Scouts
Word Origin for Kea
British Dictionary definitions for kea (3 of 3)
/ (ˈkɛa) /
transliteration of the Modern Greek name for Keos
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