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we·ka

 (wē′kə, wā′-)
n.
A flightless rail (Gallirallus australis) of New Zealand, having mottled brown plumage and short legs.

[Maori.]

weka

(ˈweɪkə; ˈwiːkə)
n
(Animals) any flightless New Zealand rail of the genus Gallirallus, having a mottled brown plumage and rudimentary wings. Also: Māori hen or wood hen
[C19: from Māori, of imitative origin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.weka - flightless New Zealand rail of thievish disposition having short wings each with a spur used in fightingweka - flightless New Zealand rail of thievish disposition having short wings each with a spur used in fighting
rail - any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
Gallirallus, genus Gallirallus - rails of New Zealand
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The only bad thing about filming there was competing with the wekas .
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Coventry took on Warwickshire at Coundon Road the following year, but since their 1995 game at Moseley was called off because of a frozen pitch they have only played one further Boxing Day game, at home to the New Zealand Wekas in 1998.