[ah-rahs for 1; ar-uh s for 2]
  1. Also Araks. Ancient Araxes. a river in SW Asia, flowing from E Turkey along part of the boundary between NW Iran and Armenia and Azerbaijan into the Kura River. About 660 miles (1065 km) long.
  2. Classical Mythology. the first king of Phliasia.


[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.

Origin of Ara

From the Latin word āra altar

amicus usque ad aras

[ah-mee-koo s oo s-kwe ahd ah-rahs; English uh-mahy-kuh s uhs-kwee ad ey-ras, uh-mee-]
noun Latin.
  1. a friend to the last degree. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a river rising in mountains in E Turkey and flowing east to the Caspian Sea: forms part of the E border of Turkey and the N border of Iran. Length: about 1100 km (660 miles)Ancient name: Araxes Russian name: Araks


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

Word Origin for Ara

from Latin: altar


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