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A violent, cold, northeasterly winter wind on the Adriatic Sea.
[Italian dialectal, from Latin Boreās, Boreas; see Boreas.]
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(Physical Geography) (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]
(Anthropology & Ethnology) an initiation ceremony of native Australians, introducing youths to manhood
[from a native Australian language]
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bo•ra(ˈbɔr ə, ˈboʊr ə)
n., pl. -ras.
(on the Adriatic coasts) a violent, dry, cold wind blowing from the north or northeast.
[1860–65; < Upper Italian, variant of Italian borea boreas]
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