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[lawr-ee, lohr-ee] /ˈlɔr i, ˈloʊr i/
noun, plural lories.
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 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -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
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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