kakapo

noun
ka·​ka·​po | \ˌkä-kə-ˈpō \
plural kakapos

Definition of kakapo 

: a large chiefly nocturnal burrowing New Zealand parrot (Strigops habroptilus) that has green and brown barred plumage and well-developed wings with little power of flight

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The tiny populations of kakapo can’t do all the heavy lifting on their own, and so the demise of the birds has important implications for the forests. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "DNA from the poop of extinct four-meter-tall birds reveals lost ecosystem," 15 Feb. 2018 The first kakapo to have its DNA fully decoded was a female called Jane. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of kakapo

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kakapo

Maori

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