374710 `O`o

This minor planet is named after a species of bird called the Hawaiʻi ʻōʻō (Moho nobilis), and in my book may take the prize for the strangest minor planet name. The ʻōʻō were a species of nectar-eating foot-long birds native to Hawaiʻi that were known for their striking plumage: glossy black with bright yellow tufts on the wings and tail. Native Hawaiians plucked feathers from these birds a few at a time to use in ceremonial wear, but when Europeans discovered them, a combination of musket-hunting and mosquito-borne illness drove them to extinction.

The symbol of this minor planet is a small three-feathered cape, representing the bird's desirable plumage and its use in traditional robes, capes, and staffs, with an up-arrow for a head, representing the violence that drove it to extinction.

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