ki·​wi | \ˈkē-(ˌ)wē \

Definition of kiwi 

1 : any of a small genus (Apteryx) of flightless New Zealand birds with rudimentary wings, stout legs, a long bill, and grayish brown hairlike plumage

2 capitalized : a native or resident of New Zealand used as a nickname

3 : kiwifruit

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A kiwi is any of three species of chicken-sized, grayish brown flightless birds found in New Zealand. Their Maori name refers to the male's shrill call. Kiwis have vestigial wings hidden within the plumage; nostrils at the tip (rather than the base) of the long flexible bill; soft, hairlike feathers; and stout, muscular legs. Each of the four toes has a large claw. Kiwis live in forests, where they sleep by day and forage for worms, insects and their larvae, and berries at night. They run swiftly and use their claws in defense when cornered.

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Sprays of periwinkle hydrangeas burst in feckless disarray from clutches of kiwi-green leaves, a leafy halo for the diaphanous peach rose. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "What Statement Should Your Wedding Cake Make?," 17 May 2018 Local brand Health-Ade recently launched its newest flavor — a jalapeño, kiwi and cucumber concoction that has slightly spicy notes. Kavita Daswani,, "Fourth of July BBQ draaaanks that won't blow your diet," 29 June 2018 The greenback strengthened, with the kiwi, loonie and Aussie dollar lagging the most of G-10 peers. Erin Roman,, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 7 Nov. 2017 Combine kiwi, avocado, chile (if using), lime juice, parsley or cilantro and honey, if using, in a small bowl. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 As for the influence of California on their work, Novogratz points to the fruit rugs shaped like slices of orange, kiwi, lemon, lime, avocado and watermelon ($39-$49). Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Novogratz Pop-Up Shop Brings Sunny High-Low Furnishings to Fred Segal," 18 June 2018 Drinks: The menu of $9 smoothies includes a classic blend of banana, mango and almond milk, and the Green Goodness, which features kiwi, spinach, cucumber and soy milk. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "14 new brunches to brighten your Chicago summer," 31 May 2018 Then came dessert—a coupe glass full of Pepto-pink mango panna cotta garnished with passion-fruit foam, tiny cubes of kiwi and strawberry, and a stoner's fistful of Cocoa Puffs. Marian Bull, GQ, "Stoner Food Has Gotten Fully Baked," 7 June 2018 The thin wooden planks are woven together with the hardy Japanese native kiwi vine and generously spaced for gaping views of the rushing river 45 feet below. Jamie Moore, USA TODAY, "The world’s 10 most amazing suspension bridges," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of kiwi

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of kiwi

Kiwi : a person who lives in or is from New Zealand

: a bird from New Zealand that cannot fly and that has a long bill


ki·​wi | \ˈkē-wē \

Kids Definition of kiwi

1 : a grayish brown bird of New Zealand that is unable to fly

2 : kiwifruit

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