nene

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See also: Nene, nenê, Néné, nēnē, and nënë

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A nene or Hawaiian goose (Branta sandvicensis) on Kauai, Hawaii, USA. It is the world’s rarest goose.

Borrowing from Hawaiian nēnē, which is imitative of the bird’s call.

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nene (plural nenes or nene)

  1. 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; reprinted London: T. & A. D. Poyser, 2010, →ISBN, 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, 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, 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; 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, 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.

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Abau[edit]

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nene

  1. eye

Baré[edit]

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nene

  1. tongue
    nunene — my tongue
    nenehei — a tongue (any tongue in general)

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Crimean Tatar[edit]

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nene

  1. grandmother

Romanian[edit]

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Cf. Bulgarian [script needed] (nenja), Serbo-Croatian nena.

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nene m (uncountable)

  1. (popular, familiar) Term used by children or young people to address an older man, especially an uncle.
  2. (familiar) Term to address someone used in general to express disapproval, or surprise, sometimes satisfaction, etc.

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Spanish[edit]

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nene m (plural nenes, feminine nena, feminine plural nenas)

  1. baby

Swahili[edit]

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-nene (declinable)

  1. fat

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Only used of people; for animals, use -nono.

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Tagalog[edit]

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nenè

  1. appellation for a little girl

Turkish[edit]

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nene (definite accusative neneyi, plural neneler)

  1. (colloquial) grandmother

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Inflection
Nominative nene
Definite accusative neneyi
Singular Plural
Nominative nene neneler
Definite accusative neneyi neneleri
Dative neneye nenelere
Locative nenede nenelerde
Ablative neneden nenelerden
Genitive nenenin nenelerin
Possessive forms
Singular Plural
1st singular nenem nenelerim
2nd singular nenen nenelerin
3rd singular nenesi neneleri
1st plural nenemiz nenelerimiz
2nd plural neneniz neneleriniz
3rd plural neneleri neneleri
Predicative forms
Singular Plural
1st singular neneyim nenelerim
2nd singular nenesin nenelersin
3rd singular nene
nenedir
neneler
nenelerdir
1st plural neneyiz neneleriz
2nd plural nenesiniz nenelersiniz
3rd plural neneler nenelerdir

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