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aura

[awr-uh] /ˈɔr ə/
noun, plural auras or for 3, aurae
[awr-ee] /ˈɔr i/ (Show IPA)
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek: breath (of air)
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British Dictionary definitions for aurae

aura

/ˈɔːrə/
noun (pl) auras, aurae (ˈɔːriː)
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
Word Origin
C18: via Latin from Greek: breeze
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Word Origin and History for aurae

aura

n.

1870 in spiritualism, "subtle emanation around living beings;" earlier "characteristic impression" made by a personality (1859), earlier still "gentle breeze" (late 14c.), from Latin aura "breeze, wind, air," from Greek aura "breath, breeze," from PIE root *awer- (see air (n.1)).

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aurae in Medicine

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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