Definition of lory
noun (plural lories)
- a small Australasian and SE Asian parrot with a brush-tipped tongue for feeding on nectar and pollen, having mainly green plumage with patches of bright colour. Called lorikeet in Australia.
- Family Loridae (or Psittacidae): several genera and species, e.g. the brightly coloured rainbow lory or rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
late 17th century: from Malay lūrī