ke·​re·​ru ˈker-ə-ˌrü How to pronounce kereru (audio)
plural kereru
: a large, fruit-eating pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) native to New Zealand that has metallic purplish-green upperparts and white underparts
Apart from their size and striking iridescent-green colouring, kereru are known for their comical antics in spring and summer when they become drunk from gorging on berries which ferment in their stomachs.New Zealand Herald, 26 July 2006

called also kuku, kukupa, New Zealand pigeon, wood pigeon

Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kereru was in 1873

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“Kereru.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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