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[ap-tuh-riks] /ˈæp tə rɪks/
kiwi (def 1).
Origin of apteryx
1805-15; < New Latin: the genus name, equivalent to Greek a- a-6 + -pteryx, adj. use of ptéryx wing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When all other class distinctions are abolished, this one will remain, like the bones of the apteryx.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • The New Zealand "kiwi," known to naturalists as the apteryx.

  • The wings of the apteryx are literally rudiments; a mere stump, terminated by a hook.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • The extraordinary creature represented in the engraving is the “apteryx,” or “wingless bird” of New Zealand.

  • But with the cassowary, the emu, or the apteryx matters are very different.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • Palapteryx, pal-ap′tėr-iks, n. a genus of fossil birds found in New Zealand, resembling the apteryx.

  • Bones of apteryx are also found fossil, but apparently of the same species as the living birds.

    Island Life Alfred Russel Wallace
  • The plumage of the apteryx is brown; it has no tail, and its mere stumps of wings are provided with strong and curved claws.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Neither the apteryx nor the manchot fly any more than the ostrich.

  • The coracoidal articular surfaces similar to those of apteryx.

    Extinct Birds Walter Rothschild
British Dictionary definitions for apteryx


another name for kiwi (sense 1)
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin: wingless creature; see apterous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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