sora

noun
so·​ra | \ ˈsȯr-ə How to pronounce sora (audio) \

Definition of sora

: a small short-billed North American rail (Porzana carolina) common in marshes

Examples of sora in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Observers spotted an alder flycatcher, a sora, and a least bittern at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord. BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2021 In Deerfield, a sora and three marsh wrens were tallied. BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2021 Some interesting waterfowl recorded at South Monomoy Island included 10 gadwalls, four blue-winged teal, two Northern shovelers, three green-winged teal, and two ruddy ducks, as well as a sora, a common gallinule, and two American coots. BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2021 Another alder flycatcher was also found at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, and in Lincoln a sora was heard calling. BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2021 At Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge a Virginia rail, a sora, and a marsh wren continued to be seen. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Feb. 2020 At Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord reports included a Virginia rail, a sora, a marsh wren, and a field sparrow. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Feb. 2020 Observers spotted two soras, two stilt sandpipers, two Baird’s sandpipers, and two Western sandpipers. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2019 There was a Northern pintail at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord along with two continuing Virginia rails, a sora, a marsh wren, and a pine warbler. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sora

1705, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sora

origin unknown

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“Sora.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sora. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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