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 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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“Takahe.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takahe. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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