- a large, almost flightless nocturnal parrot, Strigops habroptilus, of New Zealand: an endangered species.
Origin of kakapo
1835–45; < Maori kākāpō (kākā kaka + pō night)
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Examples from the Web for kakapo
In captivity the kakapo is said to show much intelligence, as well as an affectionate and playful disposition.
Strigops, strī′gops, n. a genus containing the kakapo or nocturnal New Zealand parrot, the owl-parrots.
- a ground-living nocturnal parrot, Strigops habroptilus, of New Zealand, resembling an owl
C19: from Māori, literally: night kaka
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