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weka

[wey-kuh, wee-] /ˈweɪ kə, ˈwi-/
noun
1.
any of several large, flightless New Zealand rails of the genus Gallirallus.
Origin of weka
1835-1845
1835-45; < Maori
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  • 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
  • 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.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • I looked round, and there was a weka bent on thoroughly investigating the intruder into its domain.

British Dictionary definitions for weka

weka

/ˈweɪkə; ˈwiːkə/
noun
1.
any flightless New Zealand rail of the genus Gallirallus, having a mottled brown plumage and rudimentary wings Also Māori hen, wood hen
Word Origin
C19: from Māori, of imitative origin
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