Definition of kauri gum in English:

kauri gum

(also kauri resin)

noun

  • [mass noun] The resin of the kauri tree, used as a varnish, and often also found in fossilized form where the tree formerly grew.

    gum
    • ‘Brennan's favourite room was the kauri gum room which must have housed 10,000 pieces of kauri resin at least.’
    • ‘All we ever seemed to do was camp, fish, swim, sail, row, dig for gold, collect kauri gum and go on picnics.’
    • ‘When all the kauri gum lying on top of the ground had been collected, Maoris and Europeans began to dig up the big lumps near the surface.’
    • ‘Nearly all research on kauri gum eventually leads to descriptions and stories of the famous gum diggers.’
    • ‘Since kauri resin is readily soluble in butyl alcohol but not in hydrocarbon solvents, the resin solution will tolerate only a certain amount of dilution.’