noun, plural kau·ris.

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.

Origin of kauri

Borrowed into English from Maori around 1815–25
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Historical Examples of kauri

  • 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


noun plural -ris

a New Zealand coniferous tree, Agathis australis, with oval leaves and round cones: family Araucariaceae
the wood or resin of this tree

Word Origin for kauri

C19: Māori
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