Definition of kauri in US English:


(also kauri pine)

nounPlural kauris

  • A tall coniferous forest tree that has broad leathery leaves and produces valuable timber and dammar resin. It grows in warm countries from Malaysia to New Zealand.

    Genus Agathis, family Araucariaceae: several species, in particular A. australis of New Zealand

    • ‘Several women incorporate woven grasses and native timber such as totara and kauri, and use these media to interpret their particular geography and history.’
    • ‘Timbers - jarrah, kauri, macrocarpa - were hand adzed to ‘give them a woody character, and the forest origin of the timber is not lost.’’
    • ‘The first Labour government, which presided over our centennial celebrations, saw the planting of many a kauri or pohutukawa.’
    • ‘The Catholic Church of St Patrick was built of totara, black pine and kauri in 1864 after two earlier buildings had been destroyed, the first by fire and the second by a violent storm.’
    • ‘In the 21st century, thousands of people still come for the kauri, but they are sightseers, not hard-working foresters and settlers.’


Early 19th century: from Maori.