kaka

noun
ka·​ka | \ ˈkä-kə How to pronounce kaka (audio) \

Definition of kaka

: 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, "The Quest to Purge New Zealand of Invasive Predators," 30 May 2020 The kaka, a large auburn parrot, is another Zealandia success story. Mara Johnson-groh, Popular Science, "New Zealand’s bold rat-control campaign sees its first wave of successes," 26 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, "The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced," 13 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kaka.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of kaka

circa 1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kaka

Maori

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about kaka

Statistics for kaka

Cite this Entry

“Kaka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaka. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on kaka

What made you want to look up kaka? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!