kereru

noun ke·re·ru \ ˈker-ə-ˌrü \

Definition of kereru

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 Herald26 July 2006
called also kuku, kukupa, New Zealand pigeon, wood pigeon

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First Known Use of kereru

1873


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