- (on the Adriatic coasts) a violent, dry, cold wind blowing from the north or northeast.
Origin of bora1
1860–65; < Upper Italian, variant of Italian borea Boreas
- an initiation rite of the Aborigines in which boys are accepted into the tribe as men.
Origin of bora2
First recorded in 1865–70, bora is from the Kamilaroi word būru initiation rite, initiation belt
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- (sometimes capital) a violent cold north wind blowing from the mountains to the E coast of the Adriatic, usually in winter
C19: from Italian (Venetian dialect), from Latin borēas the north wind
- an initiation ceremony of native Australians, introducing youths to manhood
from a native Australian language
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