ta·​ka·​he | \ tä-ˈkä-(ˌ)hā How to pronounce takahe (audio) \

Definition of takahe

: a flightless bird (Porphyrio mantelli synonym Notornis mantelli) of the rail family that occurs in New Zealand

Examples of takahe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And campaigners for the different contenders sought to canvass votes across various media, with supporters of the takahe -- a large, flightless rail -- creating a TikTok account to boost youth turnout. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Fat, flightless parrot named Bird of the Year after a campaign tainted by voter fraud," 16 Nov. 2020 Surrounded by a seven-foot metal fence with a mesh too tight even for a rat to wriggle through, the sanctuary is home to such odd birds as the hefty, flightless takahe and the manic hihi. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of takahe

1851, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2020

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“Takahe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takahe. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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