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bora1

[bawr-uh, bohr-uh] /ˈbɔr ə, ˈboʊr ə/
noun, Meteorology
1.
(on the Adriatic coasts) a violent, dry, cold wind blowing from the north or northeast.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Upper Italian, variant of Italian borea boreas

bora2

[bawr-uh, bohr-uh] /ˈbɔr ə, ˈboʊr ə/
noun, Australian.
1.
an initiation rite of the Aborigines in which boys are accepted into the tribe as men.
Origin
1865-70; < Kamilaroi būru initiation rite, initiation belt
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British Dictionary definitions for bora

bora1

/ˈbɔːrə/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital) a violent cold north wind blowing from the mountains to the E coast of the Adriatic, usually in winter
Word Origin
C19: from Italian (Venetian dialect), from Latin borēas the north wind

bora2

/ˈbɔːrə/
noun
1.
an initiation ceremony of native Australians, introducing youths to manhood
Word Origin
from a native Australian language
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Encyclopedia Article for bora

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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