[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. lorre,
  2. lorrie,
  3. lorris,
  4. lorris, guillaume de,
  5. lorry,
  6. los alamitos,
  7. los alamos,
  8. los altos,
  9. los angeleno,
  10. los angeles

Origin of lory

1685–95; (< Dutch lori, loeri) < Malay lori, luri, nuri parrot

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British Dictionary definitions for lory


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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Word Origin and History for lory



small parrot of New Guinea and Australia, 1690s, from Malay luri, name of kind of parrot, variant of nuri.

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