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n. pl. kau·ris
1. Any of several coniferous evergreen trees of the genus Agathis, especially A. australis of New Zealand, having broad leathery leaves. Also called kauri pine.
2. The white close-grained wood of one of these trees.
3. A resinous copal or a fossilized resin of these trees, chiefly A. australis, formerly used in varnishes and in the manufacture of linoleum. Also called kauri gum.

[Maori kawri.]


n, pl -ris
1. (Plants) a New Zealand coniferous tree, Agathis australis, with oval leaves and round cones: family Araucariaceae
2. (Plants) the wood or resin of this tree
[C19: Māori]


(ˈkaʊ ri)

n., pl. -ris.
1. Also called kau′ri pine′. a tall New Zealand evergreen tree, Agathis australis, of the araucaria family, yielding timber and a resin (kau′ri res′in or kau′ri gum′) used in varnishes and linoleum.
2. the wood or resin of this tree.
[1815–25; < Maori]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kauri - resin of the kauri trees of New Zealandkauri - resin of the kauri trees of New Zealand; found usually as a fossil; also collected for making varnishes and linoleum
copal - a brittle aromatic resin used in varnishes
2.kauri - tall timber tree of New Zealand having white straight-grained woodkauri - tall timber tree of New Zealand having white straight-grained wood
Agathis, genus Agathis - kauri pine
dammar pine, kauri pine - any of various trees of the genus Agathis; yield dammar resin
3.kauri - white close-grained wood of a tree of the genus Agathis especially Agathis australis
dammar pine, kauri pine - any of various trees of the genus Agathis; yield dammar resin
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
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