Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The apteryx.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Maori, imitative of the call of male kiwis. Sense 3, short for kiwifruit.]

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From Maori kiwi.

Examples

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  • Kiwi's are NZERSSS!!!!!!

    July 28, 2008

  • 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