from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several flightless birds of the genus Apteryx native to New Zealand, having vestigial wings and a long slender bill. Also called apteryx.
  • n. Informal A New Zealander.
  • n. A kiwifruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flightless bird of the genus Apteryx native to New Zealand.
  • n. A person from New Zealand - (preferably Kiwi).
  • n. A New Zealand dollar.
  • n. A kiwi fruit - not used in New Zealand where the full name is used.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The apteryx.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a native or inhabitant of New Zealand
  • n. nocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legs; only surviving representative of the order Apterygiformes
  • n. climbing vine native to China; cultivated in New Zealand for its fuzzy edible fruit with green meat
  • n. fuzzy brown egg-shaped fruit with slightly tart green flesh


Maori, imitative of the call of male kiwis. Sense 3, short for kiwifruit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Maori kiwi. (Wiktionary)



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  • In NZ English, Kiwi for a NZer would be capitalised but kiwi for the bird would not be. Also, the plural of Kiwi (NZer) would be Kiwis, but the plural of kiwi (apteryx) is often kiwi, preserbing the M?ori usage.

    June 20, 2009

  • Kiwi's are NZERSSS!!!!!!

    July 28, 2008