Definition of kauri in English:

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kauri

Pronunciation: /ˈkourē/

noun (plural kauris)

(also kauri pine)
A tall coniferous forest tree that has broad leathery leaves and produces valuable timber and dammar resin. It grows in warm countries from Malaysia to New Zealand.
  • Genus Agathis, family Araucariaceae: several species, in particular A. australis of New Zealand.
Example sentences
  • Timbers - jarrah, kauri, macrocarpa - were hand adzed to ‘give them a woody character, and the forest origin of the timber is not lost.’
  • The first Labour government, which presided over our centennial celebrations, saw the planting of many a kauri or pohutukawa.
  • In the 21st century, thousands of people still come for the kauri, but they are sightseers, not hard-working foresters and settlers.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Maori.

Words that rhyme with kauri

cowrie, Lowry, Maori

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: kau·ri

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