[ lawr-ee, lohr-ee ]
/ ˈlɔr i, ˈloʊr i /

noun, plural lo·ries.

any of several small, usually brilliantly colored Australasian parrots having the tongue bordered with a brushlike fringe for feeding on nectar and fruit juices.

Origin of lory

1685–95; (< Dutch lori, loeri) < Malay lori, luri, nuri parrot
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lowry or lowrie (ˈlaʊrɪ)

/ (ˈlɔːrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

any of various small brightly coloured parrots of Australia and Indonesia, having a brush-tipped tongue with which to feed on nectar and pollen

Word Origin for lory

C17: via Dutch from Malay lūrī, variant of nūrī
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