lory

noun
lo·​ry | \ ˈlȯr-ē How to pronounce lory (audio) \
plural lories

Definition of lory

: any of numerous parrots (family Loriidae) of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands related to the lorikeets and usually having the tongue papillose at the tip and the mandibles less toothed than in other parrots

Examples of lory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the ferries are crammed with them: Indonesian soldiers returning from a tour in Papua typically pack a few wild cockatoos or lories to sell. The Economist, "Asia’s appetite for endangered species is relentless," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lory

1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lory

Dutch, from Malay nuri, luri

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“Lory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lory. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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