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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.]
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(Animals) a rare black-and-grey short-winged Hawaiian goose, Branta sandvicensis, having partly webbed feet
[from Hawaiian]
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(ˈneɪ neɪ)

n., pl. -ne.
a barred, gray-brown wild goose, Nesochen sandvicensis, native to Hawaii.
[1900–05; < Hawaiian nēnēAustronesian]
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There is Nena. Her father sets a stiff price upon her--a whole case of tobacco.
She has over 14 years' experience leading numerous GIS, 9-1-1, and NG9-1-1 projects and currently serves on multiple NENA workgroups.
In high school Nena Zulueta, became the third only child in the group.
Last postseason Baty-Barr competed on vault and beam at the regional while Nena worked floor and beam.
In announcing Howell's hiring, Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay, District 1, said, "We're excited to have Nena on board to lead the District's outreach efforts to gather insight from our community members so we can start the process of creating a long-range comprehensive plan for capital projects, community programs, and fundraising efforts."
After moving on from Nena, Josh started dating Ex On The Beach babe Kayleigh Morris - who claimed he signed up to Love Island without telling her.
This year it's the home fans' turn: Nena's German tour kicks off on May 7 in DE-sseldorf.
In recent decades, there has been progress in the fight against hunger in some countries, not least in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region.
The book brings attention to a poorly investigated and little-known area on the map of the vast North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA) territory.
A two-day Regional Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) was held in Muscat recently.