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[lawr, lohr]
  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.
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Origin of lore1

before 950; Middle English; Old English lār; cognate with Dutch leer, German Lehre teaching. See learn
Related formslore·less, adjective


1. wisdom. See learning.


[lawr, lohr]
noun Zoology.
  1. the space between the eye and the bill of a bird, or a corresponding space in other animals, as snakes.
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Origin of lore2

1615–25; < New Latin lōrum, special use of Latin lōrum thong, strap


adjective Computers, Informal.
  1. low-resolution.
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Origin of lo-res

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.

British Dictionary definitions for lores


  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
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Word Origin

Old English lār; related to leornian to learn


  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
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Word Origin

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



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).

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