Definitions

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 ApterygidÅ“.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • There is the kiwi, or apteryx, which is about as large as a turkey, but only found on the

    A First Year in Canterbury Settlement

  • The remnants of these vanished birds in the form of subfossils ancient bones, not yet petrified and fossils suggest wide variation on the basic model: enormously tall moas of the genus Dinornis, smaller but thick-legged moas of the genus Pachyornis, medium-sized moas of the genus Bury apteryx, pygmy moas of the genus Anomalopteryx.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The object that had come between him and the Gulf was a mounted man-or rather, the idiot-headed apteryx the man was sitting on.

    Anywhen

  • Man had been defined as a gelastic apteryx, but in view of the attitude of women towards the Plumage Bill the definition could hardly be allowed to fit the requirements of the spindle side of creation.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 29, 1914

  • In considering the rudimentary wings of the apteryx, or of the moa, emu, ostrich, &c., we must not forget the frequent or occasional occurrence of hard seasons, and times of drought and famine, when Nature eliminates redundant, wasteful, and ill-adapted organisms in so severe and wholesale a fashion.

    Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited? An Examination of the View Held by Spencer and Darwin

  • One such reason is the way in which struthious birds are, or have been, distributed around the antarctic region: as the ostrich in Africa, the rhea in South America, the emeu in Australia, the apteryx, dinornis, &c. in New Zealand, the epiornis in Madagascar.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • The mammary glands of all male beasts constitute another example, as also does the wing of the apteryx -- a New Zealand bird utterly incapable of flight, and with the wing in a quite rudimentary condition

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Greenland, and Siberia, but the relentless onslaught of the Ice Age wrought terrible destruction and, like the giant tortoises among reptiles, the apteryx among birds, and the bison among mammals, the forlorn hope of the great redwoods, making a last stand in a few small groves of

    The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature's Year

  • Allied to these are the four species of Kiwi or apteryx, still existing there.

    More Science From an Easy Chair

  • When the large and splendidly-built city of Dunedin, Otago, was a barren bush, haunted only by the "morepork" and the apteryx, Russell was humming with vitality, her harbour busy with fleets of ships, principally whalers, who found it the most convenient calling-place in the southern temperate zone.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

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