Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day

Thursday word: takahe

takahe or takahē (tuh-KAY, tuh-KAH-ee) - n., a rare, flightless, New Zealand bird (Porphyrio hochstetteri, formerly Notornis hochstetteri) of the rail family, with purple-blue and green plumage and pink bill and legs.

Also sometimes called notornis after its former genus name (from Greek roots meaning "southern bird" -- it was originally only on the South Island), but not so much any more. The species is critically endangered, and for a while (in the early 20th century) was thought to be extinct but conservation efforts are helping. The alternate spellings depend on how faithfully you are noting long vowels in Māori, for that's where the name is from -- it's imitative of its call. A rather pretty bird.

The next day we took a trip to the Kāpiti Island Reserve and saw several takahē and kōkako, but no kiwis.

Tags: maori, noun, t

  • Sunday Word: Interlocutor

    interlocutor[in-ter- lok-y uh-ter] noun: 1 one who takes part in dialogue or conversation 2 the performer in a minstrel show who is placed…

  • Wednesday Word: Déraciné

    Déraciné - noun or adjective. You may know déraciné as the title of a video game, but this French word can also be used as an adjective or noun.…

  • Wednesday Word: Prothalamion

    I'm running behind this week, so I'll just share this neat word that's also a few day's late for Valentine's :-) prothalamion •…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded