Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large conifer of the family Araucariaceae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Kauri resin.
  • n. any of various species of Dammara.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as kauri-pine.

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

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

Etymologies

Maori kawri.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Maori (Wiktionary)

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 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Vanuatu rain forests

  • Agathis (kauri pine) is found in the Santa Cruz Islands, as are Dacrydium elatum and several Syzygium (Myrtaceae) species, which are generally montane species elsewhere.

    Vanuatu rain forests

  • The major trees of commercial value are the tall kauri (Agathis spp.), the magnificent yellow-flowered legume Pterocarpus indicus in the more seasonal areas, and the gum tree Eucalyptus deglupta, usually found in riverine habitats and used extensively in reforestation projects.

    Biological diversity in Wallacea

  • The rain forest is characterized by upper strata species such as piccabeen palm Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, hoop pine Araucaria cunninghamii, kauri pine Agathis robusta and carrol Backhousia myrtifolia.

    Fraser Island, Australia

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