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[lawr-ee, lohr-ee] /ˈlɔr i, ˈloʊr i/
noun, plural lories.
any of several small, usually brilliantly colored Australasian parrots having the tongue bordered with a brushlike fringe for feeding on nectar and fruit juices.
Origin of lory
1685-95; (< Dutch lori, loeri) < Malay lori, luri, nuri parrot Unabridged
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  • lory has been begging to see you, and I'll attend to the telegram at once.

  • However, lory would have felt uncomfortable, just then, in any other place.

  • At length, I was awoke by lory putting his beak into my mouth; I opened my eyes.

    Norman Vallery W.H.G. Kingston
  • She asked him how lory was, and if he had ever been in a carriage before?

    Norman Vallery W.H.G. Kingston
  • The lory said that he had one at home, but he had forgotten to bring it.

    Miss Muffet's Christmas Party Samuel McChord Crothers
  • And when the baroness had first seen lory, she thought that his heart was broken—by Wrth.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • "I wonder what is in that letter," said lory, returning to his pen.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • And lory told his friend those things which were not for a woman's hearing.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • lory de Vasselot had written in a hurry, and the letter was a long one.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • She was tired, for she had hardly slept since lory came under her care.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for lory


noun (pl) -ries
any of various small brightly coloured parrots of Australia and Indonesia, having a brush-tipped tongue with which to feed on nectar and pollen
Word Origin
C17: via Dutch from Malay lūrī, variant of nūrī
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Word Origin and History for lory

small parrot of New Guinea and Australia, 1690s, from Malay luri, name of kind of parrot, variant of nuri.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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