ki·​wi | \ ˈkē-(ˌ)wē How to pronounce kiwi (audio) \

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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The gorillas have two blocks hanging from ropes in their outside enclosure with a mixture of fruits inside, including pieces of orange, apple, pear, kiwi, carrot, pineapple and mango. Washington Post, "Prague zoo animals cool down with sorbet in the heat," 27 June 2019 Foods with soluble fiber include oats, legumes, sweet potatoes, apples, mangos, plums, berries, peaches, kiwi, and figs, according to WebMD. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "There's a Reason You Get Really Bad Diarrhea During Your Period," 3 June 2019 The Snowball Stand An area fixture for nearly 50 years, the Snowball Stand attracts customers from all over the state with more than 100 homemade flavors like kiwi and lemon merengue. Christina Tkacik,, "10 Baltimore area snowball stands worth your time," 26 June 2019 Diepersloot helped pioneer growing golden kiwi in the Central Valley, erecting a 20-acre canopy with a misting system that kept the fruit cool. Ralph Vartabedian,, "High-speed rail route took land from farmers. The money they’re owed hasn’t arrived," 10 June 2019 Watermelon Popsicles There's no better way to beat the heat and stave off sweat than homemade popsicles, and this batch earns bonus points for actually looking like watermelons thanks to kiwi and coconut milk. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "40 Watermelon Recipes That Are Essential for Summer Barbecues," 22 May 2019 The All Green Everything, a light cocktail that blends cucumber vodka, fresh lime, kiwi, agave, and basil. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "The Best New Drinks to Try in Miami During Art Basel," 3 Dec. 2018 Daybreak’s John Brinsley talks about the kiwi, as well as the latest on Brexit with host Ramy Inocencio. Erin Roman,, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 21 June 2017 Meghan then quickly changed into a purple Givenchy sweater and pleated skirt before the royals headed to a kiwi chick hatchery and to greet the public on a walkabout. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Finishes Out the Royal Tour of New Zealand Wearing Prince Harry's Jacket," 31 Oct. 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

informal : 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 How to pronounce kiwi (audio) \

Kids Definition of kiwi

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

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