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iiwi

[ee-ee-wee] /iˈi wi/
noun
1.
a Hawaiian honeycreeper, Vestiaria coccinea, having a red body, black wings, and a deeply curved pinkish-red bill.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Hawaiian ʿiʿiwi, derivative of ʿiwi reddish; compare earlier eeeeve (1779)
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(species Vestiaria coccinea), Hawaiian songbird, one of the commoner members of the Hawaiian honeycreeper family, Drepanididae, order Passeriformes. A nectar-feeder, named for its squeaky call ("ee-ee-vee"), it is 15 cm (6 inches) long, with a red body, black wings with small white patches, black tail, and sickle-shaped red bill.

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