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[kou-ree] /ˈkaʊ ri/
noun, plural kauris.
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.
1815-25; < Maori Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kauri
  • It is said, that by digging in the barest spots, lumps of the kind of resin which flows from the kauri pine are frequently found.
  • His village had a chance to sell forests that contain, among other treasures, kauri trees hundreds of years old.
  • They range from magnificent towering kauri trees to tiny flowers that form tightly packed mounds called vegetable sheep.
  • They are made of heart of kauri wood, a local wood known for being resistant to termites.
British Dictionary definitions for kauri


noun (pl) -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
C19: Māori
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