Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several coniferous evergreen trees of the genus Agathis, especially A. australis of New Zealand, having broad leathery leaves.
  • noun The white close-grained wood of one of these trees.
  • noun A resinous copal or a fossilized resin of these trees, chiefly A. australis, formerly used in varnishes and in the manufacture of linoleum.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as kauri-pine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A tall coniferous tree of New Zealand Agathis australis, or Dammara australis), having white straight-grained wood furnishing valuable timber and also yielding one kind of dammar resin.
  • noun Kauri resin.
  • noun any of various species of Dammara.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun New Zealand A large conifer of the family Araucariaceae.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun resin of the kauri trees of New Zealand; found usually as a fossil; also collected for making varnishes and linoleum
  • noun tall timber tree of New Zealand having white straight-grained wood
  • noun white close-grained wood of a tree of the genus Agathis especially Agathis australis

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Maori kawri.]

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Maori

Examples

  • The kauri is a New Zealand endemic found only in this ecoregion.

    Northland temperate kauri forests

  • The timber of the kauri is the most valuable production of the island; moreover, a quantity of resin oozes from the bark, which is sold at a penny a pound to the

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • The timber of the kauri is the most valuable production of the island; moreover, a quantity of resin oozes from the bark, which is sold at a penny a pound to the

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • The timber of the kauri is the most valuable production of the island; moreover, a quantity of resin oozes from the bark, which is sold at a penny a pound to the Americans, but its use was then unknown.

    Chapter XVIII

  • Plenty large enough to begin with, not less than sixteen feet long by twelve wide, and at least eleven high, all wood, not papered or painted, which I like much, as the kauri is a darkish grained wood; no carpet of course, but I am writing now at 10 P.M., with no fire, and quite warm.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • The timber of the kauri is the most valuable production of the island; moreover, a quantity of resin oozes from the bark, which is sold at a penny a pound to the

    The Voyage of the Beagle

  • They are one of the world's old, (relatively) unchanged species, much, much older than the species I think of as old, like sharks and kauri trees, and they have some pretty interesting and strange habits.

    My Own (Borrowed) Menagerie

  • They are one of the world's old, (relatively) unchanged species, much, much older than the species I think of as old, like sharks and kauri trees, and they have some pretty interesting and strange habits.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Tiare and jasmine shouted happy stories across continents, magnolias made mad love as their roots stretched deep into the wet fertile soil, while sequoia and kauri reached with their arms toward heaven.

    Time to Rest

  • Commercial logging has intensively focused on two species: kauri (Agathis macrophylla) and sandalwood (Santalum austrocaledonicum).

    Vanuatu rain forests

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