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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈneɪneɪ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈneɪˌneɪ/
- Hyphenation: ne‧ne
nene (plural nenes or nene)
- The Hawaiian goose, Branta sandvicensis, which was designated the state bird of Hawaii in 1957.
1980, Janet Kear; A. J. Berger, “The Hawaiian Goose or Nene”, in The Hawaiian Goose: An Experiment in Conservation, Calton, Staffordshire: T. & A. D. Poyser, ISBN 978-0-85661-025-7; reprinted London: T. & A. D. Poyser, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4081-3758-1, page 42:
- Ohelo Vaccinium reticulatum (and V. peleanum) and kukaenene Coprosma ernodeoides […] are the most important berries in the Nenes’ diet, and it is probably from such juicy fruit that much of their water intake comes.
1991, Susan Scott, Plants and Animals of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Hi.: Bess Press, ISBN 978-0-935848-93-9, page 123:
- Today, both wild and domestic dogs are a serious threat to Hawai‘i's native wildlife. The dogs prey on both seabirds and open country birds, especially the Hawaiian goose, nēnē. However, feral dogs aren't all bad, because one of their favorite foods is rats.
1993, Marion Coste, Nēnē (Kolowalu Book), Honolulu, Hi.: University of Hawaii Press, ISBN 978-0-8248-1389-5, page 20:
- Scientists think the nēnē descended from Canada geese that landed on Hawai‘i long before humans arrived. As they survived on the isolated islands for generation after generation, the geese gradually changed, becoming a new species. Today's nēnē, unlike its water-loving ancestor, is a land bird.
2004, Richard [Alan] Fortey, The Earth: An Intimate History, London: HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0-00-257011-4; republished London: Folio Society, 2011, OCLC 800741290, page 37:
- The nene is a handsome bird that almost became extinct in the wild but was reintroduced successfully from ones bred in captivity.
2011, Sara Benson, “Haleakala National Park”, in Maui: Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Top Trails), Birmingham, Ala.: Wilderness Press, ISBN 978-0-89997-625-9, page 197:
- Among the iconic flora and fauna found here are […] the endangered nene (Hawaiian goose). After almost going extinct, nene were reintroduced into the national park in 1962 when Boy Scouts carried geese that had been raised in captivity down into Haleakala volcano in their backpacks.
- nunene — my tongue
- nenehei — a tongue (any tongue in general)
- Alexandra Y[urievna] Aikhenvald (2012) The Languages of the Amazon, New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-959356-9.
Cf. Bulgarian [script needed] (nenja), Serbo-Croatian nena.
nene m (uncountable)
- (popular, familiar) Term used by children or young people to address an older man, especially an uncle.
- (familiar) Term to address someone used in general to express disapproval, or surprise, sometimes satisfaction, etc.
Only used of people; for animals, use -nono.
Inflected forms of -nene
- appellation for a little girl