Definition of kakapo in US English:

kakapo

noun

  • A large flightless New Zealand parrot with greenish plumage. Now endangered, it is nocturnal and ground-dwelling.

    Strigops habroptilus, family Psittacidae

    Also called owl parrot
    • ‘Female kakapo raise their chicks on their own, and at night they leave their nest to forage for food.’
    • ‘Like the kiwi and the kakapo, our school should be valued and treasured.’
    • ‘The kakapo, a flightless bird, was particularly vulnerable to predators.’
    • ‘The erysipelas infection that killed the three kakapo was brought to the island by migratory sea birds, researchers said.’
    • ‘From Luke comes news of the ovipository feats of the world's rarest parrot, the kakapo.’
    • ‘From the moment the first humans settled here they cut a swathe of destruction through everything from kauri to kakapo.’
    • ‘Among its treasure trove of fauna, New Zealand has other unique species such as the nocturnal, flightless kakapo, the world's largest parrot, of which only 83 remain.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Maori, literally ‘night kaka’.

Pronunciation

kakapo

/ˈkɑkəˌpoʊ//ˈkäkəˌpō/