kiwi

[kee-wee]
noun, plural kiwis.
1.
any of several flightless, ratite birds of the genus Apteryx, of New Zealand, allied to the extinct moas.
2.
Also called Chinese gooseberry. the egg-sized, edible berry of the Chinese gooseberry, having fuzzy brownish skin and slightly tart green flesh.
3.
Slang.
a.
a member of an air service, as in World War I, who is confined to ground duty.
b.
a former pilot or member of a flight crew.
4.
Informal. a New Zealander.

Origin:
1825–35; < Maori

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kiwi (ˈkiːwiː)
 
n , pl kiwis
1.  See ratite any nocturnal flightless New Zealand bird of the genus Apteryx, having a long beak, stout legs, and weakly barbed feathers: order Apterygiformes
2.  short for kiwi fruit
3.  informal a New Zealander
 
[C19: from Māori, of imitative origin]

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kiwi
"type of flightless bird," 1835, from Maori kiwi, of imitative origin. As slang for "a New Zealander," it is attested from 1918. The kiwi fruit (Actinia chinesis), was originally imported to the U.S. from China (c.1966) and is known in New Zealand as Chinese gooseberry (1925).
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Example sentences
They remind me of kiwi fruit and perhaps they are related.
So huge were his bets against the currency that it is not really surprising
  that they succeeded, causing the kiwi to collapse.
It is decorated with whipped cream and fresh sliced fruit such as strawberries,
  kiwi fruit and bananas.
The greenest of green drinks on our list: spinach, spirulina, broccoli and
  parsley is masked by green apple and kiwi juice.
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