Aura Au"ra, n.; pl. {Aur[ae]}. [L. aura air, akin to Gr. ?.] 1. Any subtile, invisible emanation, effluvium, or exhalation from a substance, as the aroma of flowers, the odor of the blood, a supposed fertilizing emanation from the pollen of flowers, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) The peculiar sensation, as of a light vapor, or cold air, rising from the trunk or limbs towards the head, a premonitory symptom of epilepsy or hysterics. [1913 Webster]

{Electric aura}, a supposed electric fluid, emanating from an electrified body, and forming a mass surrounding it, called the electric atmosphere. See {Atmosphere}, 2. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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