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[sawr-uh, sohr-uh]
  1. a small, short-billed rail, Porzana carolina, of marshy areas of North America.
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Origin of sora

An Americanism dating back to 1695–1705; origin uncertain
Also called sora rail, Carolina rail.
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  1. a North American rail, Porzana carolina, with a greyish-brown plumage and yellow bill
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for sora


small, short-billed North American bird species, the Carolina rail, 1705, probably from a native name.

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