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The word Kiwi has multiple meanings:
- Kiwi - any of several species of flightless bird native to New Zealand
- Kiwi (people) - the people of New Zealand
- Kiwis (rugby league) - the New Zealand national rugby league team
- Kiwi (horse) - racehorse, winner of 1983 Melbourne Cup
- Kiwifruit - a golden and green-fleshed fruit of the genus Actinidia
- Kiwi Dollar (NZD) - New Zealand's floating dollar
- Kiwi (software) - German software company specialising in CAD software
- Kiwi - brand name for a shoe polish that is popular in scores of countries
- Kiwi - a short-lived US Airline in the late 1990s  .
- Kiwi Air , defunct New Zealand airline, based out of Hamilton
- Kiwiana are items of popular culture unique to New Zealand.
The word Kiwi, used to describe people, is usually capitalised, and takes the plural form Kiwis. The bird's name is spelt with a lower-case k (excepting, of course, when the rules of grammar state otherwise) and, being a word of Maori origin, normally stays as kiwi when a plural is formed. Thus, two Kiwis = two people, whereas two kiwi = two birds.
The Culture of New Zealand article also has subsections about Kiwiana and the word Kiwi.
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