ama·​ki·​hi | \ ˌä-mä-ˈkē-hē How to pronounce amakihi (audio) \
plural amakihi or amakihis

Definition of amakihi

: any of several species of small yellowish- to grayish-green birds (genus Hemignathus synonym Viridonia synonym Loxops) that are Hawaiian honeycreepers which have curved bills and long tube-shaped tongues and which feed especially on nectar and insects We hear the buzzy call of the amakihi, but cannot spot the yellow-green bird.— Milly Boren, New York Times, 31 May 1988

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First Known Use of amakihi

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amakihi

borrowed from Hawaiian 'amakihi

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“Amakihi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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