Definition of kiwi in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkiːwiː

noun (plural kiwis)

  • 1A flightless New Zealand bird with hair-like feathers, having a long downcurved bill with sensitive nostrils at the tip.
    • Family Apterygidae and genus Apteryx: three species
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    • The kiwi, a flightless nocturnal bird unique to New Zealand, is the symbol for everything from New Zealand.
    • I find it amusing that the country's air force logo is a kiwi, a bird that can't even fly.
    • At one exciting moment, several kiwis were calling loudly only a few feet above us on a hillside, but they never came into view.
  • 2 (Kiwi) informal A New Zealander.
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    • We had some philosophical disagreements, but he was a good Kiwi and a good New Zealander.
    • The next match of the series takes place at South Leeds Stadium on Friday when the Kiwis meet Australia.
    • Here in Australia we allow Kiwis to enter anytime they like and to work in our great country.


mid 19th century: from Maori.

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