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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
[from Hawaiian]


(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 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.
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They gave the early 1980s a kick in the particulars with hits like Lip Up Fatty, Special Brew and the profoundly spiritual Ne-Ne Na-Na NaNa Nu-Nu.