Definition of kiwifruit
: the edible fruit of a Chinese gooseberry having a fuzzy brown skin and slightly acidic typically green flesh
First Known Use of kiwifruit
KIWIFRUIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kiwifruit for English Language Learners
: a small fruit that has green flesh, black seeds, and brown, hairy skin
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Definition of kiwifruit for Students
: 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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