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[kou-ree] /ˈkaʊ ri/
noun, plural kauris.
Also, kauri pine. a tall, coniferous tree, Agathis australis, of New Zealand, yielding a valuable timber and a resin.
the wood of this tree.
any of various other trees of the genus Agathis.
Origin of kauri
Borrowed into English from Maori around 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • These trees were the celebrated kauri pine, from which a valuable gum is extracted.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • Lopez had reasons for thinking that kauri gum must have a great rise.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • He could not find an individual so enterprising as to venture to deal in a cargo of kauri gum after his fashion.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • The sides were made out of one wide plank of kauri pine without a join.

  • One often sees, however, forests where the kauri reigns supreme, quite unmixed with other trees.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • The deposits of the kauri gum in the Auckland district seem to be inexhaustible.

    Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
  • kauri is the fossil gum of a cone-bearing tree dug from the ground in northern New Zealand.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • As she was to call at New Zealand to get some kauri spars, five Maoris went with her, working their passage over.

  • The British slept that night without tents round fires of kauri gum, but next morning all was astir for the attack.

  • Of all the forest trees the kauri pine has been one of the most valuable—has been, because not many trees are left.

British Dictionary definitions for kauri


noun (pl) -ris
a New Zealand coniferous tree, Agathis australis, with oval leaves and round cones: family Araucariaceae
the wood or resin of this tree
Word Origin
C19: Māori
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