kiwifruit

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noun ki·wi·fruit \-ˌfrüt\

Definition of kiwifruit

  1. :  the edible fruit of a Chinese gooseberry having a fuzzy brown skin and slightly acidic typically green flesh

1965

First Known Use of kiwifruit

1965


KIWIFRUIT Defined for English Language Learners

kiwifruit

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noun ki·wi·fruit \-ˌfrüt\

Definition of kiwifruit for English Language Learners

  • : a small fruit that has green flesh, black seeds, and brown, hairy skin


KIWIFRUIT Defined for Kids

kiwifruit

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noun ki·wi·fruit \-ˌfrüt\

Definition of kiwifruit for Students

  1. :  the fruit of a Chinese vine having a fuzzy brown skin and slightly tart green flesh

History for kiwifruit

The tart green fruit that goes by the name kiwifruit or often just kiwi is not eaten by the bird called the kiwi (whose name comes from Maori, the language of the native people of New Zealand). But the kiwi is closely associated with New Zealand, and when kiwifruit grown in that country was first widely exported in the 1960s, it was chosen as a pleasant-sounding name. The older name for the fruit was “Chinese gooseberry,” which suggests a fruit much smaller in size than the kiwi.


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