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doura

or dou·rah

[doo r-uh]
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noun
  1. durra.

durra

or dou·ra, dou·rah

[doo r-uh]
noun
  1. a type of grain sorghum with slender stalks, cultivated in Asia and Africa and introduced into the U.S.

Origin of durra

1790–1800; < Arabic dhura(h)
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Examples from the Web for doura

Historical Examples

  • The peasants in their gay-coloured clothing are ploughing the rich, red-brown soil for the late crop of doura.

    Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land

    Henry Van Dyke

  • He put out one lean, dark hand, and pulled at the heavily podded head of a doura plant.

    Bella Donna

    Robert Hichens

  • As I turned, far off in Cairo I saw the first lights glittering across the fields of doura, silvery white, like diamonds.

    The Spell of Egypt

    Robert Hichens

  • Close to the right of the front of Medinet-Abu there are trees covered with yellow flowers; beyond are fields of doura.

    The Spell of Egypt

    Robert Hichens

  • But the doura rises higher than the heads of the naked children who stand among it to watch you canter past.

    The Spell of Egypt

    Robert Hichens


British Dictionary definitions for doura

doura

noun
  1. a variant of durra

durra

doura or dourah (ˈdʊərə)

noun
  1. an Old World variety of sorghum, Sorghum vulgare durra, with erect hairy flower spikes and round seeds: cultivated for grain and fodderAlso called: Guinea corn, Indian millet

Word Origin

C18: from Arabic dhurah grain
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