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A rare wild goose (Branta sandvicensis) of the Hawaiian Islands, having a grayish-brown body with a black face. Also called Hawaiian goose.
[Hawaiian nēnē, imitative of its cry.]
(Animals) a rare black-and-grey short-winged Hawaiian goose, Branta sandvicensis, having partly webbed feet
n., pl. -ne.
a barred, gray-brown wild goose, Nesochen sandvicensis, native to Hawaii.
[1900–05; < Hawaiian nēnēAustronesian]