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kakapo Tweet Definition of kakapo Like Definition of kakapo on Facebook
noun
  1. A large flightless parrot, Strigops habroptilus, with greenish plumage, that is nocturnal and native to New Zealand.
kea Tweet Definition of kea Like Definition of kea on Facebook
noun
  1. Nestor notabilis, a bird of New Zealand.
kestrel Tweet Definition of kestrel Like Definition of kestrel on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various small falcons of the genus Falco that hover while hunting.
  2. The common kestrel.
killdeer Tweet Definition of killdeer Like Definition of killdeer on Facebook
noun (pl2=killdeer)
  1. A North American plover (Charadrius vociferus) with a distinctive cry and territorial behavior that includes feigning injury to distract interlopers from the nest.
kingfisher Tweet Definition of kingfisher Like Definition of kingfisher on Facebook
noun (pluralkingfishers)
  1. Any of various birds of the suborder Alcedines, having a large head, short tail and brilliant colouration; they feed mostly on fish.
king penguin Tweet Definition of king penguin Like Definition of king penguin on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, King Penguin)
  1. a large penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus, that lives on the coast of Antarctica and nearby islands
Kirtland's warbler Tweet Definition of Kirtland Like Definition of Kirtland
noun (wikipedia, Kirtland's Warbler)
  1. a small songbird, Dendroica kirtlandii, that nests in Michigan, United States and winters in the Bahamas
kite Tweet Definition of kite Like Definition of kite on Facebook
noun
  1. A bird of prey with long wings and weak legs that mostly feeds on carrion and spends long periods soaring.
  2. A heavier than air object which fly, flies in the air by obtaining lift from wind, and is tethered by a line or a string.
  3. (context, geometry) A quadrilateral having two pairs of edges of equal length, the edges of each pair being consecutive.
  4. (context, slang) An aircraft, or aeroplane.
verb (kit, ing)
  1. rare: To fly a kite (usually used with go.)
I'm going kiting this weekend
kittiwake Tweet Definition of kittiwake Like Definition of kittiwake on Facebook
noun (plural or kittiwakes)
  1. Either of two small gulls (Rissa tridactyla or Rissa brevirostris) of the North Atlantic that nest in colonies on sea cliffs and spend the winter on the open ocean.
Kiwi Tweet Definition of Kiwi Like Definition of Kiwi on Facebook
proper noun (de-noun-f, plural=Kiwis)
  1. (colloquial) A New Zealander.
knot Tweet Definition of knot Like Definition of knot on Facebook
noun
  1. A looping of a piece of string or of any other long, flexible material that cannot be untangled without passing one or both ends of the material through its loops.
When climbing, it is important to make sure that your knots are both secure and of types that will not weaken the rope.
  1. (of hair, etc) A tangled clump.
The young mother was brushing knots from her protesting child's hair.
  1. A maze-like pattern.
  2. (mathematics) A closed curve that is an abstraction of a knot (in sense 1 above).
  3. A difficult situation.
I got into a when I inadvertently insulted the policeman.
  1. A unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour.
Cedric claimed his beat-up old yacht could make 20 knots, if he would just make a few repairs, but we figured he was pulling our leg.
  1. Either of two species of small wading birds, the red knot (Calidris canutus) and the great knot (Calidris tenuirostris).
  2. The whorl left in lumber by the base of a branch growing out of the tree's trunk.
When preparing to tell stories at a campfire, I like to set aside a pile of pine logs with lots of knots, since they burn brighter and make dramatic pops and cracks.
  1. Local swelling in a tissue area, especially skin, often due to injury.
Jeremy had a on his head where he had bumped it on the bedframe.
  1. (nautical) One nautical mile per hour.
verb (knot, t, ing)
  1. To form into a knot.
She knotted the ends of the rope to keep it from unravelling.
  1. To form wrinkles in the forehead, as a sign of concentration, concern, surprise, etc.
She knotted her brow in concentration as she attempted to unravel the tangled strands.
kookaburra Tweet Definition of kookaburra Like Definition of kookaburra on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several species of kingfishers in the genus Dacelo, known for their laugh-like call.

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