nene

noun
ne·​ne | \ ˈnā-(ˌ)nā How to pronounce nene (audio) \

Definition of nene

: an endangered goose (Branta sandvicensis synonym Nesochen sandvicensis) of the Hawaiian Islands that usually inhabits waterless uplands and feeds on berries and vegetation

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Recent Examples on the Web With protection under the Endangered Species Act, along with captive breeding and rigorous habitat restoration, the number of nene rose to more than 3,000 in 2019. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Hawaii’s state bird makes a comeback, and more," 17 Apr. 2020 The namesake nene potstickers are connected by a lacy batter on top and filled with shiitake or pork. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Best new restaurants and bars to visit in the Mission right now," 17 June 2018 Look for Island Sole, 728 Front St., whose sign shows a nene wearing flip-flops. Brian J. Cantwell, chicagotribune.com, "Rainy day on Maui? Here are 5 great things to do beyond the beach," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nene

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nene

Hawaiian nēnē

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13 May 2020

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“Nene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nene. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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