- 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.
- kauri resin.
Origin of kauri
Borrowed into English from Maori around 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for kauri
These trees were the celebrated Kauri pine, from which a valuable gum is extracted.Captain Cook
Lopez had reasons for thinking that Kauri gum must have a great rise.
He could not find an individual so enterprising as to venture to deal in a cargo of Kauri gum after his fashion.
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
- a New Zealand coniferous tree, Agathis australis, with oval leaves and round cones: family Araucariaceae
- the wood or resin of this tree
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