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A brownish-green mountain-dwelling parrot (Nestor notabilis) of New Zealand with a varied diet that includes plants, insects, carrion, and garbage.
[Maori, perhaps imitative of its call.]
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(Animals) a large New Zealand parrot, Nestor notabilis, with brownish-green plumage
[C19: from Māori, imitative of its call]
n, pl Kea
(in New Zealand) a member of the junior branch of the Scouts
(Placename) transliteration of the Modern Greek name for Keos
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ke•a(ˈkeɪ ə, ˈki ə)
n., pl. ke•as.
a large, mostly green New Zealand parrot, Nestor notabilis, reputed to attack sheep.
[1860–65; < Maori]
Ke•a(Gk. ˈkɛ ɑ)
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|Noun||1.||kea - large brownish-green New Zealand parrot|
parrot - usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds
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