lory

noun

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

Example Sentences

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, 19 Apr. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Dutch, from Malay nuri, luri

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lory was in 1682

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Cite this Entry

“Lory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lory. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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