aurae

aura

[awr-uh]
noun, plural auras or for 3, aurae [awr-ee] .
1.
a distinctive and pervasive quality or character; air; atmosphere: an aura of respectability; an aura of friendliness.
2.
a subtly pervasive quality or atmosphere seen as emanating from a person, place, or thing.
3.
Pathology. a sensation, as of lights or a current of warm or cold air, preceding an attack of migraine or epilepsy.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek: breath (of air)

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aura (ˈɔːrə)
 
n , pl auras, aurae
1.  a distinctive air or quality considered to be characteristic of a person or thing
2.  any invisible emanation, such as a scent or odour
3.  pathol strange sensations, such as noises in the ears or flashes of light, that immediately precede an attack, esp of epilepsy
4.  (in parapsychology) an invisible emanation produced by and surrounding a person or object: alleged to be discernible by individuals of supernormal sensibility
 
[C18: via Latin from Greek: breeze]

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aura
1859, "subtle emanation around living beings;" earlier "gentle breeze" (late 14c.), from L. aura "breeze, wind, air," from Gk. aura "breath, breeze," from PIE base *awer-.
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aura au·ra (ôr'ə)
n. pl. au·ras or au·rae (ôr'ē)
A sensation, as of a cold breeze or a bright light, that precedes the onset of certain disorders, such as an epileptic seizure or an attack of migraine.

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