Share this entry

Share this page

kakapo

Syllabification: ka·ka·po
Pronunciation: /ˈkäkəˌpō
 
/

Definition of kakapo in English:

noun (plural kakapos)

A large flightless New Zealand parrot with greenish plumage. Now endangered, it is nocturnal and ground-dwelling. Also called owl parrot.
  • Strigops habroptilus, family Psittacidae
Example sentences
  • The kakapo, a flightless bird, was particularly vulnerable to predators.
  • Among its treasure trove of fauna, New Zealand has other unique species such as the nocturnal, flightless kakapo, the world's largest parrot, of which only 83 remain.
  • From Luke comes news of the ovipository feats of the world's rarest parrot, the kakapo.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Maori, literally 'night kaka'.

Definition of kakapo in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈSHpräkɡəˌf(y)o͞ol
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…