- A small egg-shaped fruit up to 10 cm long from a trailing climber, Actinidia chinensis or A. deliciosa. It has a light-brown hairy skin containing a sweet bright-green flesh tasting of melons and strawberries and with symmetrically arranged black seeds. It is often peeled and sliced for decoration or used in tarts and salads. As the fruit contains proteases it can be used to tenderize meat, but will degrade gelatine and prevent jellies from setting. Originally from China, but now mainly grown and exported from New Zealand.
- noun a subtropical woody climbing plant Actinidia chinensis which bears brownish oval fruit with a green juicy flesh. The plant was developed in New Zealand, and is now grown in many subtropical regions including southern Europe.