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lore1

[lawr, lohr]
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noun
  1. the body of knowledge, especially of a traditional, anecdotal, or popular nature, on a particular subject: the lore of herbs.
  2. learning, knowledge, or erudition.
  3. Archaic.
    1. the process or act of teaching; instruction.
    2. something that is taught; lesson.
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Origin of lore1

before 950; Middle English; Old English lār; cognate with Dutch leer, German Lehre teaching. See learn
Related formslore·less, adjective

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1. wisdom. See learning.

lore2

[lawr, lohr]
noun Zoology.
  1. the space between the eye and the bill of a bird, or a corresponding space in other animals, as snakes.
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Origin of lore2

1615–25; < New Latin lōrum, special use of Latin lōrum thong, strap
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lore1

noun
  1. collective knowledge or wisdom on a particular subject, esp of a traditional nature
  2. knowledge or learning
  3. archaic teaching, or something that is taught
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Word Origin

Old English lār; related to leornian to learn

lore2

noun
  1. the surface of the head of a bird between the eyes and the base of the bill
  2. the corresponding area in a snake or fish
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin lōrum, from Latin: strap
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Word Origin and History for lore

n.

Old English lar "learning, what is taught, knowledge, science, doctrine, art of teaching," from Proto-Germanic *laizo (Old Saxon lera, Old Frisian lare, Middle Dutch lere, Dutch leer, Old High German lera, German Lehre "teaching, precept, doctrine"), from PIE *leis- (see learn).

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