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
Recent Examples of kiwi from the Web
The miniature fruit is basically a kiwi the size of a berry, Delish reports.
Smoothie Bowls Pink Dragon: Dragon fruit, pineapple, banana, granola, coconut, pineapple, banana, kiwi and honey.
Summer Fruit Salad ▪ 1/2 c. each lime juice and water ▪ 1/2 c. sugar ▪ 1 large banana, sliced ▪ 1 pint blueberries ▪ 2 large nectarines, sliced ▪ 1 pint strawberries ▪ 1 c. watermelon balls ▪ 1 c. seedless green grapes ▪ 1 kiwi fruit 1.
The Island Bowl topped with strawberries, kiwi, and pineapple is truly a sight to behold.
The full menu features more than 30 flavors, such as Mai Tai, kiwi, guava and margarita.
Other flightless birds like ostriches and kiwis do not have close relatives among flying birds, since their split from flying birds occurred 50 million years ago or more.
The New Zealand Herald’s Grant Bradley reports that government officials and kiwis are psyched about the potential of a space industry in their country.
The kiwi held gains after a strong advance ahead of New Zealand’s budget on Thursday that some expect will help stimulate the economy.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of kiwi
First Known Use: 1835See Words from the same year
KIWI Defined for English Language Learners
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
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