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weka

[ wey-kuh, wee- ]
/ ˈweɪ kə, ˈwi- /
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noun
any of several large, flightless New Zealand rails of the genus Gallirallus.
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Origin of weka

Borrowed into English from Maori around 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for weka

weka
/ (ˈweɪkə, ˈwiːkə) /

noun
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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