[sawr-uh, sohr-uh]


a small, short-billed rail, Porzana carolina, of marshy areas of North America.

Origin of sora

An Americanism dating back to 1695–1705; origin uncertain
Also called sora rail, Carolina rail. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a North American rail, Porzana carolina, with a greyish-brown plumage and yellow bill

Word Origin for sora

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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