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[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.
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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

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.
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Examples from the Web for aras

Historical Examples

  • Describes, among other birds, the Aras and Parrots of the island of Martinique.

    Extinct Birds

    Walter Rothschild

  • In the tract between the Kur and Aras, on the other hand, there is no sign of the early existence of any formidable power.

  • In the valley of the Aras, and in the western and southern districts, the climate is more moderate.

  • In Lucretius v. 1202, "aras sanguine multo spargere quadrupedum," the context shows that the ritual alluded to is not old Roman.

  • They have feathered cheeks like Parakeets, and their size is intermediate between them and the Aras.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for aras


  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
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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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