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endemic

endemic (ĕn-dĕm′ĭk) adj.
1.  Belonging or native to a particular people or region (an endemic plant or animal).
2.  Restricted to or prevalent in a particular locality or region (for example, a disease endemic to the tropics).

I originally considered posting one or more names of New Zealand parrots:  kaka, kakapo, kakariki,and kea, all Maori in origin.
(Apparently the kea has been witnessed using its beak to harvest fat from the backs of live sheep!)
Then I read that all the naturally-occurring parrot species in New Zealand are endemic to that country:  they are found nowhere else.
Likewise, all of New Zealand's reptiles, amphibians, and bats are endemic.

Etymology:  Greek, from endemos, native, or belonging ot a place or people, from en (in) + demos (people, district).

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prettygoodword
Feb. 18th, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
So you're doing the parrots next week, right? I mean, you can't just drop those wonderful names on us in passing without giving them their due highlight. That's just not fair to the word-giddy.

---L.
ersatz_read
Feb. 25th, 2014 03:43 am (UTC)
okay, it will be a parrot Monday
prettygoodword
Feb. 25th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
*\o/*
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