kiwi

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English[edit]

A brown kiwi (Apteryx australis).

Etymology[edit]

From Maori kiwi.

Noun[edit]

kiwi (plural kiwis)

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

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.

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Czech[edit]

Noun[edit]

kiwi n

  1. kiwi, kiwi fruit

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Maori kiwi. The fruit is named after the bird.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kiːvi/, [ˈkʰiːvi]

Noun[edit]

kiwi c (singular definite kiwien, plural indefinite kiwier)

  1. kiwi (bird)
  2. kiwi, kiwi fruit

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Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia nl

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kiwi m (plural kiwi's, diminutive kiwietje n)

  1. kiwi (bird)
  2. kiwi fruit, kiwi

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French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia fr

Des kiwis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

kiwi m (plural kiwis)

  1. kiwi; kiwi fruit

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Galician[edit]

Noun[edit]

kiwi m (plural kiwis)

  1. kiwi fruit

Italian[edit]

Italian Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia it

Noun[edit]

kiwi m (invariable)

  1. kiwi fruit
  2. kiwi

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Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An onomatopœia of the birds' call

Noun[edit]

kiwi

  1. kiwi (bird)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kiwi m (definite singular kiwien; indefinite plural kiwier; definite plural kiwiene)

  1. kiwi fruit

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Noun[edit]

kiwi m (definite singular kiwien, indefinite plural kiwiar, definite plural kiwiane)

  1. kiwi fruit

Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kiwi m

  1. kiwi (bird)

kiwi n

  1. kiwi (fruit)

Spanish[edit]

Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia es

Etymology[edit]

From English kiwi, from Maori kiwi.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kiwi m (plural kiwis)

  1. kiwi (bird)
  2. kiwi (fruit)