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bora1

[bawr-uh, bohr-uh]
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noun Meteorology.
  1. (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

bora2

[bawr-uh, bohr-uh]
noun Australian.
  1. 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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  • Then I learned that his wife had been born on Bora Bora and still owned a house there.

  • And Bora, with a dark glance at Paul, walked in the direction indicated.

    The Shadow of the Czar

    John R. Carling

  • You may ride in state to the cathedral, but only to witness the crowning of Bora.

    The Shadow of the Czar

    John R. Carling

  • In passing along one of the corridors Zabern encountered the Duke of Bora.

    The Shadow of the Czar

    John R. Carling

  • Have I got rid of Bora only to find that he has left a successor in the cabinet?

    The Shadow of the Czar

    John R. Carling


British Dictionary definitions for bora

bora1

noun
  1. (sometimes capital) a violent cold north wind blowing from the mountains to the E coast of the Adriatic, usually in winter

Word Origin

C19: from Italian (Venetian dialect), from Latin borēas the north wind

bora2

noun
  1. an initiation ceremony of native Australians, introducing youths to manhood

Word Origin

from a native Australian language
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