1 [bawr-uh, bohr-uh]
noun Meteorology.
(on the Adriatic coasts) a violent, dry, cold wind blowing from the north or northeast.

1860–65; < Upper Italian, variant of Italian borea boreas Unabridged


2 [bawr-uh, bohr-uh]
noun Australian.
an initiation rite of the Aborigines in which boys are accepted into the tribe as men.

1865–70; < Kamilaroi būru initiation rite, initiation belt Unabridged
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bora1 (ˈbɔːrə)
(sometimes capital) a violent cold north wind blowing from the mountains to the E coast of the Adriatic, usually in winter
[C19: from Italian (Venetian dialect), from Latin borēas the north wind]

bora2 (ˈbɔːrə)
an initiation ceremony of native Australians, introducing youths to manhood
[from a native Australian language]

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originally defined as a very strong, cold wind that blows from the northeast onto the Adriatic region of Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. The word is from the Greek boreas, "northwind." It is most common in winter and occurs when cold air crosses the mountains from the east and descends to the coast. It often reaches speeds of more than 100 km (60 miles) per hour and has been known to knock people down and overturn vehicles.

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