from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See kiwi.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of New Zealand birds about the size of a hen, with only short rudiments of wings, armed with a claw and without a tail; the kiwi. It is allied to the gigantic extinct moas of the same country. Five species are known.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of ratite birds, constituting the family Apterygidœ.
- n. [lowercase] A bird of this genus; a kiwi (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. nocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legs; only surviving representative of the order Apterygiformes
New Latin Apteryx, genus name : a-1 + Greek pterux, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)