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[ey-ruh, air-uh]
noun, genitive A·rae [ey-ree, air-ee] /ˈeɪ ri, ˈɛər i/. Astronomy.
  1. the Altar, a southern constellation between Triangulum Australe and Scorpius.
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Origin of Ara

From the Latin word āra altar


  1. Agricultural Research Administration.
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  1. American Railway Association.
  2. Associate of the Royal Academy.
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  • Had one sat all one's life on the steps of Ara Cœli for this?

  • The crimson topaz, or ara humming-bird (Topaza pella), vies with it in beauty.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The third, "Ara Celi," will trace the foundations of the Papal power.

  • Similar inscriptions are on the ambone of Ara Cœli, and the doorway at Falleri.

  • He came to Aksam-kusaveve, and from there he went on to Hanemo'-ara, where there is a lake.

    Seven Mohave Myths

    A. L. Kroeber

British Dictionary definitions for ara


noun Latin genitive Arae (ˈɑːriː)
  1. a constellation in the S hemisphere near Scorpius
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Word Origin

from Latin: altar


abbreviation for (in Britain)
  1. Associate of the Royal Academy
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