takahe

noun
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, 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, 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of takahe

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for takahe

Maori

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“Takahe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takahe. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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