noun \ˈkē-ə\

Definition of KEA

:  a large mostly dull green New Zealand parrot (Nestor notabilis) that is normally insectivorous but sometimes destroys sheep by slashing the back to feed on the kidney fat

Origin of KEA

First Known Use: 1862

Rhymes with KEA


geographical name \ˈkā-ä\

Definition of KEA

island Greece in NW Cyclades; chief town Kea area 67 square miles (174 square kilometers)

Variants of KEA

Kea or ancient Ce·os \ˈsē-ˌäs\


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Large, stocky parrot (Nestor notabilis, subfamily Nestorinae) of New Zealand. It lives in mountain habitats and is known for its curious and playful character. However, the kea occasionally tears into sheep carcasses to get at the fat around the kidneys; sometimes it attacks live sheep.


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