One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Hawaiian honeycreeper with a long downcurved bill and mainly bright red plumage.
Vestiaria coccinea, family Drepanididae (or Fringillidae)
- ‘In addition to the iiwi, we also hear and see a green-breasted amakihi bird.’
- ‘The iiwi, or scarlet honeycreeper, is an endangered bird found only in Hawaii.’
Late 18th century: from Hawaiian.
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