kau·​ri | \ ˈkau̇(-ə)r-ē How to pronounce kauri (audio) \

Definition of kauri

1 : any of various trees (genus Agathis) of the araucaria family especially : a tall timber tree (A. australis) of New Zealand having fine white straight-grained wood

called also kauri pine

2 : a light-colored to brown resin from the kauri tree found as a fossil in the ground or collected from living trees and used especially in varnishes and linoleum

called also kauri gum, kauri resin

Examples of kauri in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sudden atmospherically driven changes in water relations in adjacent kauri trees were very rapidly and inversely mirrored in the living stump's water status. Fox News, "Strange 'superorganism' is keeping this 'vampire' tree alive," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of kauri

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kauri

Maori kawri

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