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
More example sentences
  • 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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