sora

[ sawr-uh, sohr-uh ]
/ ˈsɔr ə, ˈsoʊr ə /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. soppy,
  2. sopranino,
  3. soprano,
  4. soprano clef,
  5. sopwith,
  6. soralium,
  7. soranus,
  8. sorata,
  9. sorb,
  10. sorbate

Origin of sora

An Americanism dating back to 1695–1705; origin uncertain

Also called sora rail, Carolina rail.

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British Dictionary definitions for sora

sora

/ (ˈsɔːrə) /

noun

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

sora

n.

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

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