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(Animals) another name for kiwi1
[C19: from New Latin: wingless creature; see apterous]
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n., pl. -wis.
1. any of several flightless, nocturnal, ratite birds comprising the order Apterygiformes, of New Zealand.
2. Also called ki′wi•fruit` (-ˌfrut) the egg-sized edible berry of the Chinese gooseberry, having fuzzy brownish skin and green flesh.
3. Informal. a New Zealander.
[1825–35; < Maori]
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|Noun||1.||apteryx - nocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legs; only surviving representative of the order Apterygiformes|
flightless bird, ratite, ratite bird - flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds
genus Apteryx - type genus of the Apterygidae: kiwis
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