: a large mostly dull green New Zealand parrot (Nestor notabilis) that is normally insectivorous but sometimes destroys sheep by slashing the back to feed on the kidney fat

Examples of kea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So far, the only animals that have demonstrated the ability to make choices based on statistics are our fellow primates and the kea, an alpine parrot from New Zealand. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 May 2023 But Kermit is a kea, a green parrot with a sharp, curved beak. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 8 June 2011 The Verheul family, from Dunedin in the southeast of the country, had just finished exploring part of the Kepler Track when a kea -- a native New Zealand species -- grabbed their GoPro and flew off over woodland. Sara Spary, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 Local governments in New Zealand paid bounties for killing kea until the practice was ended in 1970, according to a news release from the aviary. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 The researchers also showed the keas two jars that each contained an equal number of black and orange tokens. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, 3 Mar. 2020 Some other ways the zookeepers have been keeping the animals entertained include long walks for the llamas, spraying perfume to peak the interest of the lions and giving puzzle feeders to the keas (a bird species native to New Zealand). Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 2 Apr. 2020 So do New Zealand parrots known as keas, scientists report today. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, 3 Mar. 2020 The kea and rockhopper teams have been taking their campaigns to the skies this week. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kea was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Kea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kea. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

variants or ancient Ceos
island of Greece in the northwestern Cyclades Islands island area 67 square miles (174 square kilometers)

Note: Kea's chief town is also named Kea.

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