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doura

or dourah

[doo r-uh] /ˈdʊər ə/
noun
1.

durra

or doura, dourah

[doo r-uh] /ˈdʊər ə/
noun
1.
a type of grain sorghum with slender stalks, cultivated in Asia and Africa and introduced into the U.S.
Also called Indian millet, Guinea corn.
Origin of durra
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Arabic dhura(h)
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  • In Upper Egypt, ‘the doura constitutes almost the whole subsistence of the peasantry,’ p. 419.

  • As I turned, far off in Cairo I saw the first lights glittering across the fields of doura, silvery white, like diamonds.

    The Spell of Egypt Robert Hichens
  • The peasants in their gay-coloured clothing are ploughing the rich, red-brown soil for the late crop of doura.

  • But the doura rises higher than the heads of the naked children who stand among it to watch you canter past.

    The Spell of Egypt Robert Hichens
  • And the silence, broken only by the faint rustle of the doura, was startling, was almost dreadful.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • Close to the right of the front of Medinet-Abu there are trees covered with yellow flowers; beyond are fields of doura.

    The Spell of Egypt Robert Hichens
  • He put out one lean, dark hand, and pulled at the heavily podded head of a doura plant.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • Here and there the miniature forests of doura stood up almost still in the sunshine.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • Giraffes and antelopes and ostriches are provided with the doura corn that grows in the interior.

British Dictionary definitions for doura

doura

/ˈdʊərə/
noun
1.
a variant of durra

durra

/ˈdʌrə/
noun
1.
an Old World variety of sorghum, Sorghum vulgare durra, with erect hairy flower spikes and round seeds: cultivated for grain and fodder Also called Guinea corn, Indian millet
Word Origin
C18: from Arabic dhurah grain
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