- a showy, vinelike plant, Clianthus puniceus, of New Zealand, having clusters of eight white-streaked, crimson flowers.
Origin of parrot's-bill
1865–70; presumably translation of the Maori name of the plant, kōwhai ŋutukākā literally, kaka-billed kowhai
Also called par·rot-beak [par-uh t-beek] /ˈpær ətˌbik/, red kowhai.
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