sora

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

noun

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

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Also called sora rail, Carolina rail.

Origin of sora

An Americanism dating back to 1695–1705; origin uncertain
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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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