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noun (pl) -ris
(NZ) Also called goorie. a mongrel dog
(NZ, slang) an unpleasant or unpopular person
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  • They thought to make the name of kuri strike against the skies; but in the morning the sea is covered with war canoes.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • From kuri, the naval station, we can hear the thunder of the guns which are in constant practice.

    Lady of the Decoration Frances Little
  • This kuri was a younger sister of the other, and she gave a like blessing to Lelha before he released her horse.

    Santal Folk Tales A. Campbell
  • Two principal groups are distinguished, the kuri archipelago in the south, and the Buduma in the north.

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