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ap·ter·yx

 (ăp′tə-rĭks′)
n.
See kiwi.

[New Latin Apteryx, genus name : a- + Greek pterux, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

apteryx

(ˈæptərɪks)
n
(Animals) another name for kiwi1
[C19: from New Latin: wingless creature; see apterous]

ki•wi

(ˈki wi)

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apteryx - nocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legsapteryx - 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
References in classic literature ?
If about a dozen genera of birds had become extinct or were unknown, who would have ventured to have surmised that birds might have existed which used their wings solely as flappers, like the logger-headed duck(Micropterus of Eyton); as fins in the water and front legs on the land, like the penguin; as sails, like the ostrich; and functionally for no purpose, like the Apteryx.
2010), Kakapo Strigops habroptilus (Lloyd and Powlesland 1994) and Little Spotted Kiwi Apteryx owenii (Jolly and Colbourne 1991).
ANKARA (CyHAN)- A museum which is home to 560 various kinds of chess sets with characters such as Bush, Saddam, Smurfs, Apteryx, Harry Potter, Red Kit, Lord of the Rings and Ecanakkale victory as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.