kakapo

kakapo

[kah-kuh-poh]
noun, plural kakapos [kah-kuh-pohz] .
a large, almost flightless nocturnal parrot, Strigops habroptilus, of New Zealand: an endangered species.

Origin:
1835–45; < Maori kākāpō (kākā kaka + night)

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kakapo (ˈkɑːkəˌpəʊ)
 
n , pl -pos
a ground-living nocturnal parrot, Strigops habroptilus, of New Zealand, resembling an owl
 
[C19: from Māori, literally: night kaka]

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kakapo

giant flightless nocturnal parrot (family Psittacidae) of New Zealand. With a face like an owl, a posture like a penguin, and a walk like a duck, the extraordinarily tame and gentle kakapo is one of strangest and rarest birds on Earth.

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