amakihi

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noun ama·ki·hi \ˌä-mä-ˈkē-hē\

Definition of amakihi

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amakihi

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amakihis

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of amakihi

borrowed from Hawaiian 'amakihi


First Known Use: 1901


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