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n. pl. ka·ka·pos
A nocturnal, flightless New Zealand parrot (Strigops habroptila) with greenish plumage.

[Maori kākāpō : kākā, parrot; see kaka + , night.]


n, pl -pos
(Animals) a ground-living nocturnal parrot, Strigops habroptilus, of New Zealand, resembling an owl
[C19: from Māori, literally: night kaka]


(ˌkɑ kəˈpoʊ)

n., pl. -pos (-ˈpoʊz)
a large, flightless, nocturnal parrot, Strigops habroptilus, of New Zealand.
[1835–45; < Maori]
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