amakihi

noun ama·ki·hi \ ˌä-mä-ˈkē-hē \

Definition of amakihi

plural amakihi or amakihis
: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 BorenNew York Times31 May 1988

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Origin and Etymology of amakihi

borrowed from Hawaiian 'amakihi


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