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English

Etymology 1

From Gamilaraay.

Alternative spellings

Noun

  1. A initiation ceremony for males among the Aborigines of New South Wales.

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Quotations

  • 1873, William Ridley, Report on Australian Languages and Traditions, in The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. 2
    Birribirai, a youth not yet admitted to a bora.
  • 1885, A. L. P. Cameron, Notes on some Tribes of New South Wales, in The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. 14
    By far the most important among the ceremonies practised by the aborigines of New South Wales is the Bora, at which youths are initiated to manhood...

Etymology 2

Perhaps from a dialectal form of borea ‘north wind’, from Boreas.

Noun

  1. A cold, often dry, northeasterly wind which blows, sometimes in violent gusts, down from mountains on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. It also applies to cold, squally, downslope winds in other parts of the world.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 650:
      When the bora blew down from the mountains, announcing the winter, would he ride it on out of town?

Bosnian

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Croatian

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Icelandic

Etymology

Old Norse

Verb

bora
  1. to bore, drill

Norwegian

Verb

  1. Form of past tense, bore

Old English

Etymology

From the verb beran

Noun

bora
  1. bearer (in compounds)

Serbian

Declension

Swahili

Adjective

bora

Extensive Definition

Bora may refer to:
bora in German: Bora
bora in Italian: Bora (disambigua)
bora in Dutch: Bora
bora in Norwegian: Bora
bora in Portuguese: Bora
bora in Russian: Бора (значения)
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