kauri resin


a hard resin obtained from the bark of the kauri or found, sometimes in masses of as much as 100 pounds (45 kg), in the soil where the tree has grown: used chiefly in making varnish.

Nearby words

  1. kaupapa,
  2. kaur,
  3. kauravas,
  4. kauri,
  5. kauri gum,
  6. kauru,
  7. kaury,
  8. kautsky,
  9. kautsky, karl johann,
  10. kava

Also kauri, kauri gum, kauri copal.

Origin of kauri resin

First recorded in 1855–60

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for kauri gum

kauri gum


a hard resin from the kauri tree, found usually as a fossil in the soil where an extinct tree once grew: used chiefly in making varnishes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012