Kea


Kea
Gk. /ke"ah/, n.
Keos.

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Large, stocky parrot (Nestor notabilis, subfamily Nestorinae) of New Zealand.

It lives in mountain habitats and is known for its curious and playful character. However, the kea occasionally tears into sheep carcasses to get at the fat around the kidneys; sometimes it attacks live sheep.

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also spelled  Kéos , also called  Tziá 

      westernmost of the Cyclades (q.v.) group of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Kéa lies about 13 miles (21 km) east of the southern tip of Attica. With an area of 50.4 square miles (130.6 square km), it rises gradually toward the centre, to the peak of Profítis Ilías (1,841 feet [561 m]). The principal town, Kéa, on the site of ancient Ioulis, is located near the northwestern coast.

      Inhabited since early Helladic times, Kéa fought on the Greek side in the naval battles of Artemisium and Salamis (both 480 BC) during the Greco-Persian Wars, and it subsequently joined the Delian League and the Athenian alliance. The island revolted in 363–362 but was reduced by Athens, which established a monopoly of Kéa's ruddle (red-earth dye), its principal product. Called Tzia in the Middle Ages, the island was divided in AD 1207 among four Italian adventurers. In 1537 it formed a part of the duchy of Náxos, and in 1566 it came under Turkish rule, under which it continued until in 1912 it joined the kingdom of Greece. The island's agricultural products include grapes, citrus, and honey, and a factory manufactures aluminum kitchenware for the Greek mainland. Some valonia oak is also exported. At ancient Karthaia are the remains of a Doric temple and other buildings. Pop. (1981) 1,648.

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  • Kéa — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Kéa (homonymie) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • KEA — kann bedeuten: die Papageienart Nestor notabilis, siehe Kea (Vogel) eine griechische Insel, die zur Inselgruppe der Kykladen gehört, siehe Kea (Insel) einen weiblichen Vornamen ostfriesischer Herkunft, siehe Kea (Vorname) eine Software von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kea — steht für: eine Papageienart Nestor notabilis, siehe Kea (Vogel) eine griechische Insel, die zur Inselgruppe der Kykladen gehört, siehe Kea (Insel) einen weiblichen Vornamen ostfriesischer Herkunft, siehe Kea (Vorname) eine Software von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kea — 〈m. 6; Zool.〉 Angehöriger einer Papageienart: Nestor notabilis [<Maori] * * * I Kea   [Maori] der, s/ s, Art der Nestorpapageien.   II Kẹa,   altgriechisch …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Kea — Kéa (homonymie) Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Le kéa ou nestor kéa est un perroquet ; Kéa ou Céos est une île de la mer Égée. Ce document provient de « K%C3%A9a (homonymie) ».… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • kea — KÉA s.m. Papagal din Noua Zeelandă, care trăieşte în munţi, hrănindu se cu plante. (cf. germ. Kea) Trimis de tavi, 17.07.2004. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • Kea — der; s, s <aus gleichbed. Maori (vgl. 2↑Maori) kea> neuseeländischer Papagei …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Kea — Ke a (k[=a] [.a]; colloq. k[=e] [.a]), n. [Maori.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large New Zealand parrot ({Nestor notabilis}), notorious for having acquired the habit of killing sheep; called also {mountain parrot}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kéa — (Tsiá, das alte Keos, poet. Hydrussa genannt), keilförmige Insel im Ägäischen Meer, die nächste an Attika, zum griechischen Nomos der Kykladen gehörig, umfaßt 103, nach andern nur 84 qkm mit (1896) 5019 Einw. und erreicht im Eliasberg 569 m Höhe …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Kea — Kea, Vogel, s. Loris nebst Textfigur …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Kea [2] — Kea, griech. Insel, s. Keos …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon


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