Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A brownish-green mountain-dwelling parrot (Nestor notabilis) of New Zealand with a varied diet that includes plants, insects, carrion, and garbage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The sheep-killing parrot of Australia, Nestor notabilis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A large New Zealand parrot (Nestor notabilis), notorious for having acquired the habit of killing sheep; -- called also mountain parrot.

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  • noun Nestor notabilis, a parrot of New Zealand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large brownish-green New Zealand parrot

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Maori, perhaps imitative of its call.]

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Maori kea

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  • A large, stocky, dull-colored parrot native to New Zealand. Male has a long upper bill. Lives in forest or open country and lives on fruit, leaves, insects, or carrion; it also scavenges on refuse dumps. Nests in a hole.

    February 11, 2007