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[kah-kuh-poh] /ˌkɑ kəˈpoʊ/
noun, plural kakapos
[kah-kuh-pohz] /ˌkɑ kəˈpoʊz/ (Show IPA)
a large, almost flightless nocturnal parrot, Strigops habroptilus, of New Zealand: an endangered species.
1835-45; < Maori kākāpō (kākā kaka + night) Unabridged
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noun (pl) -pos
a ground-living nocturnal parrot, Strigops habroptilus, of New Zealand, resembling an owl
Word Origin
C19: from Māori, literally: night kaka
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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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