Definition of nene in English:


(also ne-ne)

nounPlural nenes

  • another term for Hawaiian goose
    • ‘Ground-nesting birds such as the endangered nene or Hawaiian goose and Hawaiian dark-rumped petrel (Pterodroma phaeopygia sandwichensis) are particularly vulnerable.’
    • ‘Despite its similarities to the Canada goose, the nene is a true Hawaiian down to its toes.’
    • ‘In the foreground is the nene, or Hawaiian goose.’
    • ‘The researchers' finding suggests that the nene and several other species of Hawaiian geese now extinct branched off from a population of Canada geese and colonized the tropical paradise about half a million years ago.’


Early 20th century: from Hawaiian.