Definition of kakapo in English:

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kakapo

Pronunciation: /ˈkäkəˌpō/

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'.

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Syllabification: ka·ka·po

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