[ wey-kuh, wee- ]
/ ˈweɪ kə, ˈwi- /


any of several large, flightless New Zealand rails of the genus Gallirallus.

Origin of weka

Borrowed into English from Maori around 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for weka

  • I looked round, and there was a weka bent on thoroughly investigating the intruder into its domain.

  • He now had a collection of eggs of all birds which nest on the island, with the exception of the weka and the tern.

  • I really believe the great desire of Brisk's life was to catch a weka.

    Station Amusements|Lady Barker
  • Brisk, too, blundered after them, but I had no fear of his destroying the charm of the day by taking even a weka's life.

    Station Amusements|Lady Barker

British Dictionary definitions for weka


/ (ˈweɪkə, ˈwiːkə) /


any flightless New Zealand rail of the genus Gallirallus, having a mottled brown plumage and rudimentary wingsAlso: Māori hen, wood hen

Word Origin for weka

C19: from Māori, of imitative origin
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