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koro

[kawr-oh, kohr-oh] /ˈkɔr oʊ, ˈkoʊr oʊ/
noun, Psychiatry.
1.
a culture-specific syndrome, occurring chiefly in China and southeastern Asia, characterized by anxiety and the fear of retraction of the penis or breasts and labia into the body.
Origin of koro
dialectal Malay
< dialectal Malay (Kedah) kɔrɔ land turtle (standard Malay kura-kura
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  • In the Gulph of Carpentaria, we did not observe any other than the koro, or grey slug.

  • He at once had the chief koro koro, who happened to be on board, seized and bound hand and foot in the cabin.

    The Long White Cloud William Pember Reeves
  • The captain in return shot at the infuriated chief, but missed him, and koro koro paddled ashore.

    The Long White Cloud William Pember Reeves
  • koro koro walked up and down among the rows of listeners keeping order with his chief's staff.

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British Dictionary definitions for koro

koro

/ˈkɒrɒ/
noun (pl) koro
1.
  1. an elderly Māori man
  2. a title of respect for an elderly Māori man
Word Origin
Māori
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