[kah-kuh] /ˈkɑ kə/

any of several New Zealand parrots of the genus Nestor, especially N. meridionalis, having chiefly greenish and olive-brown plumage.
a New Zealand parrot, Nestor meridionalis, with a long compressed bill


[origin uncertain; perhaps fr late 1800s cack, ”to defecate”; perhaps fr dialect cacky, ”excrement,” attested by 1899; perhaps fr Latin cacare, ”to defecate,” used as a euphemism in the presence of children; perhaps fr Modern Greek; ultimately fr the Indo-European root kakka or kaka, designating defecation]

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