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  1. kiwi(def 1).
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Origin of apteryx

1805–15; < New Latin: the genus name, equivalent to Greek a- a-6 + -pteryx, adj. use of ptéryx wing
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Examples from the Web for apteryx

Historical Examples

  • It is this bird which is also known under the name of the "apteryx."

    Celebrated Travels and Travellers

    Jules Verne

  • The New Zealand "kiwi," known to naturalists as the apteryx.

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

    Birds in Flight

    W. P. Pycraft

  • Neither the apteryx nor the manchot fly any more than the ostrich.

  • The Apteryx, the wingless bird of New Zealand, belongs to this order.

British Dictionary definitions for apteryx


  1. another name for kiwi (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin: wingless creature; see apterous
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