Story: Rural language

A kea’d sheep

A kea’d sheep

The kea, a native mountain parrot, was notorious for attacking sheep and pecking at the fat around their kidneys. This gave rise to the adjective ‘kea’d’ and the verb ‘to kea’.

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Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - Farming difficulties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 24 Nov 2008