ka·​ka·​po | \ ˌkä-kə-ˈpō How to pronounce kakapo (audio) \
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

Examples of kakapo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Equally, wildlife encounters—from swimming with dolphins, kayaking with seals, or visiting conservation programs to learn about flightless species like the penguin, the kiwi and the kakapo— make a very meaningful visit to our shores. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2021 The kakapo, officially the world's heaviest parrot, won New Zealand's Bird of the Year vote after a weeks-long campaign that rivaled human political contests in intensity. Rob Picheta, CNN, 16 Nov. 2020 The kakapo, which prevailed on Monday, is a hefty, loud parrot with a distinctive scent, which was brought from the brink of extinction in the 1990s but remains endangered. Rob Picheta, CNN, 16 Nov. 2020 As the kakapo population grows, additional safe havens are needed. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, 26 Dec. 2019 Which one of these statements about the kakapo, an endangered bird, is NOT true?* 9. Christina Barron, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2019 This is one reason why fewer than half of kakapo eggs hatch. The Economist, 29 Aug. 2019 But another threat to the kakapo is a lack of genetic diversity, because of low numbers and inbreeding. The Economist, 29 Aug. 2019 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, 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of kakapo

1843, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2021

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“Kakapo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kakapo. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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