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noun, plural ka·ros.
  1. a shrub or small tree, Pittosporum crassifolium, of New Zealand, having shiny leaves with a white, felty underside, red flowers, and densely hairy fruit.
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Origin of karo

Borrowed into English from Maori around 1780–90
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Historical Examples

  • The sortie to the Karo la was one of the most brilliant episodes of the campaign.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa

    Edmund Candler

  • Such was the position of affairs when the Karo la column returned.

  • The Karo la had been enormously strengthened, and was occupied by 2,000 men.

  • The Tibetans came down from the Karo la and impressed the villagers.

  • The Karo la was the strongest position on the road to Lhasa.

British Dictionary definitions for karo


noun plural karo
  1. a small New Zealand tree or shrub, Pittosporum crassifolium with sweet-smelling brown flowers
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Word Origin

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