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parrot's-bill

[ par-uhts-bil ]
/ ˈpær ətsˌbɪl /
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noun
a showy, vinelike plant, Clianthus puniceus, of New Zealand, having clusters of eight white-streaked, crimson flowers.
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Also called par·rot-beak [par-uht-beek], /ˈpær ətˌbik/, red kowhai.

Origin of parrot's-bill

1865–70; presumably translation of the Maori name of the plant, kōwhai ŋutukākā literally, kaka-billed kowhai
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