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noun ki·wi \ˈkē-(ˌ)wē\

Definition of kiwi

  1. 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. 2 capitalized :  a native or resident of New Zealand —used as a nickname

  3. 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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Origin and Etymology of kiwi

Maori


First Known Use: 1835


KIWI Defined for English Language Learners

kiwi

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noun ki·wi \ˈkē-(ˌ)wē\

Definition of kiwi for English Language Learners

  • 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


KIWI Defined for Kids

kiwi

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noun ki·wi \ˈkē-wē\

Definition of kiwi for Students

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

  2. 2 :  kiwifruit



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