- any of an order (Apterygiformes) of tailless New Zealand birds, with undeveloped wings, hairlike feathers, and a long, slender bill: it feeds chiefly on insects and worms
- the brown, hairy, egg-shaped fruit, with a sweet, edible, green pulp, of a vine (Actinidia chinensis) of a family (Actinidiaceae, order Theales) of dicotyledonous tropical trees, shrubs, and vines
- Informal a New Zealander
Origin of kiwiMaori: echoic of its cry
- Any of several flightless birds of the genus Apteryx native to New Zealand, having vestigial wings and a long slender bill. Also called apteryx.
- Informal A New Zealander.
- A kiwifruit.
Origin of kiwiMaori, imitative of the call of male kiwis. Sense 3, short for kiwifruit.
- Spelling of the word Kiwi, when used to describe the people, is capitalised, and takes the plural form 'Kiwis'. The bird's name is spelled with a lower-case k and given the standard plural 'kiwis' in dictionaries. Thus, 'two Kiwis' refers to two people, whereas 'two kiwis' refers to two birds. Some people prefer to use 'kiwi', on the basis that the word originates from Maori. This is dubious because the vast majority of the words in English coming from foreign languages have standard plurals.
From Maori kiwi.
- (informal) A New Zealander.
(comparative more Kiwi, superlative most Kiwi)
- (informal) of or from New Zealand