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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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Woolard, part NE-NE and SE-NE in Section 23, Township 11, Range 1 East.
Then, they became the novelty favourites of a ska revival, largely through their bald frontman's on-stage antics, and racked up a string of hits, including 'Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu', 'Lip Up Fatty', 'Special Brew', and 'Can Can'.
Speaking of music to get kids into, Bad Manners, they of the Can Can, Ne-Ne, Na-Na, Na-Na, Nu-Nu and Woolly Bully, are playing in Belfast tomorrow night.
There were also the chart hits from the early 1980s when Bad Manners were a big part of the highly popular ska revival: Lip Up Fatty, Just a Feeling, Lorraine, My Girl Lollipop, Walking in the Sunshine and the surreal Ne-Ne, Na-Na, Na-Na, Nu-Nu.
But they carved their own niche with amusing covers (Monster Mash) and twisted originals (Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu), all carried off by Buster's humorous stage antics.
Imagine "Ne-ne na-na, I say, ne-ne na-na na-na nu-nu."