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bora1

[bawr-uh, bohr-uh] /ˈbɔr ə, ˈboʊr ə/
noun, Meteorology.
1.
(on the Adriatic coasts) a violent, dry, cold wind blowing from the north or northeast.
Origin of bora1
1860-1865
1860-65; < Upper Italian, variant of Italian borea Boreas

bora2

[bawr-uh, bohr-uh] /ˈbɔr ə, ˈboʊr ə/
noun, Australian.
1.
an initiation rite of the Aborigines in which boys are accepted into the tribe as men.
Origin
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
  • It was political necessity that drove me to the arms of bora.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • In passing along one of the corridors Zabern encountered the Duke of bora.

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

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • "Have a care what you do, Cousin Natalie," said bora, scarcely able to speak from fear.

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  • "bora seems on excellent terms with the princess," said Paul.

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British Dictionary definitions for bora

bora1

/ˈbɔːrə/
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

/ˈbɔːrə/
noun
1.
an initiation ceremony of native Australians, introducing youths to manhood
Word Origin
from a native Australian language
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