amakihi

noun

ama·​ki·​hi ˌä-mä-ˈkē-hē How to pronounce amakihi (audio)
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 Boren, New York Times, 31 May 1988

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Hawaiian 'amakihi

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amakihi was in 1901

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“Amakihi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amakihi. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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