weka

weka

[wey-kuh, wee-]
noun
any of several large, flightless New Zealand rails of the genus Gallirallus.

Origin:
1835–45; < Maori

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weka (ˈweɪkə, ˈwiːkə)
 
n
Māori hen, Also: wood hen any flightless New Zealand rail of the genus Gallirallus, having a mottled brown plumage and rudimentary wings
 
[C19: from Māori, of imitative origin]

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