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lore1

[lawr, lohr] /lɔr, loʊr/
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.
Origin of lore1
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English lār; cognate with Dutch leer, German Lehre teaching. See learn
Related forms
loreless, adjective
Synonyms
1. wisdom. See learning.

lore2

[lawr, lohr] /lɔr, loʊr/
noun, Zoology.
1.
the space between the eye and the bill of a bird, or a corresponding space in other animals, as snakes.
Origin
1615-25; < New Latin lōrum, special use of Latin lōrum thong, strap

lo-res

[loh-rez] /ˈloʊˈrɛz/
adjective, Computers, Informal.
Origin
by shortening and respelling
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Examples from the Web for lores
Historical Examples
  • In winter, like the last species, except that the bill is smaller, and the lores are black.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • Smallest of our Vireos; crown ashy, lores and eye-ring whitish.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • They are distinguished from their allies by having the lores covered with feathers, and the tarsus reticulated back and front.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • Immature: Resembles adult, but feathers of forehead edged with buff; spot on lores and underparts buffy margined with dusky.

  • Adult female: Resembles adult male, but smaller with less blue and more gray on crown; lores and anterior forehead lighter.

  • A richer, half concealed, orange crown patch is acquired; the lores and adjacent parts become grayer, the anteorbital spot darker.

  • Similar to the last but with the superciliary line paler and the yellow reduced to a spot on the lores.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • This species is grayish above and grayish white below, with white eye ring, lores and wing bar.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • This Yellow-throat has the crown and ear coverts gray, only the lores and forehead being black.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • lores and crown-band black; above grayish brown washed with pale rusty.

British Dictionary definitions for lores

lore1

/lɔː/
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
Word Origin
Old English lār; related to leornian to learn

lore2

/lɔː/
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
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin lōrum, from Latin: strap
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Word Origin and History for lores

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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