kaka

noun

ka·​ka ˈkä-kə How to pronounce kaka (audio)
: an olive-brown New Zealand parrot (Nestor meridionalis) with gray and red markings

Examples of kaka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kaka, a large auburn parrot, is another Zealandia success story. Mara Johnson-Groh, Wired, 30 May 2020 Along with two other New Zealand parrots, the kea and kaka, the kakapo belongs to the oldest living lineage of parrots. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Maori

First Known Use

circa 1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kaka was circa 1774

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“Kaka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaka. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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