Definition of Apteryx

1. Noun. Nocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legs; only surviving representative of the order Apterygiformes.

Exact synonyms: Kiwi
Generic synonyms: Flightless Bird, Ratite, Ratite Bird
Group relationships: Genus Apteryx



Definition of Apteryx

1. n. 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.

Definition of Apteryx

1. the kiwi [n -ES] - See also: kiwi

Medical Definition of Apteryx

1. 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. Origin: Gr. Priv. + wing. Cf. Aptera. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Apteryx

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apterygote
apteryx (current term)
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Literary usage of Apteryx

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1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1862)
"The apteryx australis was originally made known to science by Dr. Shaw about ... Examples of apteryx subsequently obtained, though generally referred to the ..."

2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1892)
"Additional Observations on the Development of apteryx. ... The paper is founded upon the study of three embryos of apteryx australis obtained since the ..."

3. The Scientific Memoirs of Thomas Henry Huxley by Thomas Henry Huxley, Michael Foster (1902)
"XXXI ON THE RESPIRATORY ORGANS OF apteryx Proceedings of the Scientific Meetings of the Zoological Society of London for the Year 1882,//. 560-569. ..."

4. A Text-book of Zoology by Thomas Jeffery Parker, William Aitcheson Haswell (1921)
"apteryx mantelli. The left shoulder-girdle. ... The simplest type of pelvic girdle is found in apteryx (Fig. 1082) and the Tinamous, in which both pubis and ..."

5. Excelsior by James Hamilton (1855)
"THE apteryx, OR WINGLESS BIRD OF NEW ZEALAND. NEW ZEALAND contains some of the most curiously formed and anomalous of birds. Being confined to a limited ..."

6. Annual Report of the New York Zoological Society by New York Zoological Society (1905)
"THE apteryx From a mounted specimen in the American Museum of Natural History. ... The exception is the apteryx, which is one of the few birds which finds ..."

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