kiwi

noun

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

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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.

Examples of kiwi in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

Maori

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kiwi was in 1835

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“Kiwi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kiwi. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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kiwi

noun
ki·​wi ˈkē-(ˌ)wē How to pronounce kiwi (audio)
1
: a flightless New Zealand bird with weak and undeveloped wings, stout legs, a long bill, and grayish brown hairlike feathers
2

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