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apteryx(ăp`tərĭks): see kiwikiwi
, common name for the smallest member of an order of primitive flightless birds related to the ostrich, the emu, and the cassowary. The kiwi, named by the Maoris for its shrill, piping call, is most closely related to the extinct moa.
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another name for kiwi (the bird)
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