kea

noun \ ˈkē-ə \

Definition of kea

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of kea

Maori


Kea

geographical name \ ˈkā-ä \
variants: or ancient Ceos play \ˈsē-ˌäs\

Definition of Kea

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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