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kauri

[kou-ree]
noun, plural kau·ris.
  1. Also kauri pine. a tall, coniferous tree, Agathis australis, of New Zealand, yielding a valuable timber and a resin.
  2. the wood of this tree.
  3. any of various other trees of the genus Agathis.
  4. kauri resin.
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Origin of kauri

Borrowed into English from Maori around 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for kauri

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


British Dictionary definitions for kauri

kauri

noun plural -ris
  1. a New Zealand coniferous tree, Agathis australis, with oval leaves and round cones: family Araucariaceae
  2. the wood or resin of this tree
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Word Origin

C19: Māori
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