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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
1835-1845
1835-45; < Maori
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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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