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amora

[uh-mawr-uh, uh-mohr-uh] /əˈmɔr ə, əˈmoʊr ə/
noun, plural amoraim
[ah-maw-rah-im, ah-moh-] /ˌɑ mɔˈrɑ ɪm, ˌɑ moʊ-/ (Show IPA).
(often initial capital letter) Judaism.
1.
one of a group of Jewish scholars, active in the rabbinical academies of Palestine and Babylonia from the 3rd to the 6th centuries a.d., whose commentaries on and interpretations of the Mishnah comprise the Palestinian and Babylonian Gemaras.
Compare sabora, tanna.
Origin of amora
From the Hebrew word āmōrā' interpreter
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  • Arch Brookhouse and his brother, Louis, had both been students at amora.

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  • Mr. Larkins manifested a desire to know the name of my amora acquaintance, and was promptly enlightened.

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  • He was said to live somewhere between amora and Sharon, perhaps here I could learn the precise location of his abiding place.

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  • Very little could be learned concerning Amy Holmes, previous to her coming to amora.

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  • Then, with a condescending smile as he drew on his right glove, "Know anybody at amora?"

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  • From this aspect of their labors they received the name of amoraim (amora, Expounder).

  • The tribe of Raptores (amora) is uncommonly numerous, and on the whole very useful in Abyssinia.

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  • If Mr. Dwight lived at amora, then Mrs. Ballou had misunderstood or been misinformed.

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  • On Monday morning, as before, they returned to amora, and since then had not reappeared in Groveland.

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  • Johnny drove Nellie ten miles towards amora, driving at full speed.

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