apteryx

Definitions of apteryx
  1. noun
    nocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legs; only surviving representative of the order Apterygiformes
    synonyms: kiwi
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    type of:
    flightless bird, ratite, ratite bird
    flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds
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