kiwifruit(redirected from Kiwi-fruit)
1. A woody vine (Actinidia deliciosa) native to China, cultivated especially in New Zealand for its edible fruit.
2. The fuzzy brown fruit of this plant, containing sweet green pulp. In both senses also called Chinese gooseberry.
[From the resemblance of the fruit's skin to the plumage of some species of kiwi birds.]
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