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weka

[wey-kuh, wee-]
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noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for weka

Historical Examples

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

    Station Amusements

    Lady Barker

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

  • 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.

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


British Dictionary definitions for weka

weka

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

C19: from Māori, of imitative origin
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