Definition of moeriki in English:

moeriki

noun

New Zealand
  • Dieffenbach's rail, Rallus philippensis dieffenbachii, an extinct subspecies of the widespread buff-banded rail, formerly found on the Chatham Islands, New Zealand.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Edward Gray (1800–1875), zoologist and museum curator. From Maori moeriki a kind of rail.

Pronunciation

moeriki

/ˈməʊərɪki/ /ˈmɔɪrɪki/