[ah-rahs for 1; ar-uh s for 2]


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.
Classical Mythology. the first king of Phliasia.


[ey-ruh, air-uh]

noun, genitive A·rae [ey-ree, air-ee] /ˈeɪ ri, ˈɛər i/. Astronomy.

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.

a friend to the last degree. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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)

a constellation in the S hemisphere near Scorpius

Word Origin for Ara

from Latin: altar


abbreviation for (in Britain)

Associate of the Royal Academy
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