apteryx

Definitions

  • An apteryx, or kiwi
    An apteryx, or kiwi
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n apteryx nocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legs; only surviving representative of the order Apterygiformes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Apteryx (Zoöl) A genus of New Zealand birds about the size of a hen, with only short rudiments of wings, armed with a claw and without a tail; the kiwi. It is allied to the gigantic extinct moas of the same country. Five species are known.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apteryx A genus of ratite birds, constituting the family Apterygidœ. There are several species or varieties, all inhabiting New Zealand, of which A. australis has been longest and best known; A. mantelli inhabits Stewart Island, and A. oweni the South Island. All are known as kiwis, kiwi-kiwis, or kivi-kivis, from their cry. Also, improperly, Apternyx and Apternix.
    • n apteryx [lowercase] A bird of this genus; a kiwi (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apteryx ap′tėr-iks a bird found in New Zealand, wingless and tailless, reddish-brown, about the size of a large hen.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'a priv. + pte`ryx wing. Cf. Aptera
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. a, neg., pteryx, wing.

Usage

In literature:

Thus, the Apteryx, or Kiwi, of New Zealand, a curious, almost wingless bird, lays an egg which is about a quarter of its own weight.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Allied to these are the four species of Kiwi or apteryx, still existing there.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
When all other class distinctions are abolished, this one will remain, like the bones of the Apteryx.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Possibly, only the moa and the apteryx.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
The Apteryx, Moa, Rhea, and the Ostrich, as well as AEpyornis, which is only recently extinct, are found in the same regions.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
Struthiones Ostrich, rhea, cassowaries, emeus, apteryx.
"North America" by Israel C. Russell
The wing of the cassowary, emeu and apteryx has undergone complete degeneration; so much so that only a vestige of the hand remains.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2" by Various
In Apteryx this structure disappears.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various
Neither the apteryx nor the manchot fly any more than the ostrich.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
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