sora rail
Sora So"ra, n. (Zo["o]l.) A North American rail ({Porzana Carolina}) common in the Eastern United States. Its back is golden brown, varied with black and white, the front of the head and throat black, the breast and sides of the head and neck slate-colored. Called also {American rail}, {Carolina rail}, {Carolina crake}, {common rail}, {sora rail}, {soree}, {meadow chicken}, and {orto}. [1913 Webster]

{King sora}, the Florida gallinule. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sora rail — noun see sora * * * so|ra «SR uh, SOHR », noun, or sora rail, a small, brown and gray, short billed North American rail; Carolina rail; ortolan. ╂[American English; origin uncertain] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sora — So ra, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A North American rail ({Porzana Carolina}) common in the Eastern United States. Its back is golden brown, varied with black and white, the front of the head and throat black, the breast and sides of the head and neck slate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rail — Rail, n. [F. r[^a]le, fr. r[^a]ler to have a rattling in the throat; of German origin, and akin to E. rattle. See {Rattle}, v.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds of the family {Rallid[ae]}, especially those of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sora (crake) — Taxobox name = Sora status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Gruiformes familia = Rallidae genus = Porzana species = P. carolina binomial = Porzana carolina binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • sora — /sawr euh, sohr euh/, n. a small, short billed rail, Porzana carolina, of marshy areas of North America. Also called sora rail, Carolina rail. [1695 1705, Amer.; orig. uncert.] * * * ▪ Italy       town, Lazio (Latium) regione, south central Italy …   Universalium

  • sora — n. (in full sora rail) a bird, Porzana carolina, frequenting the marshes of N. and S. Carolina etc. in the autumn and used as food. Etymology: prob. a native name …   Useful english dictionary

  • sora — ☆ sora [sôr′ə ] n. [< ?] a small rail (Porzana carolina) with a short, yellow bill: the most common rail of North America …   English World dictionary

  • rail|bird — rail|bird1 «RAY BURD», noun. U.S. Slang. a person fond of watching horse races and workouts from a position at the rail of the track. rail|bird2 «RAYL BURD», noun. U.S. a rail, especially the Carolina rail or sora …   Useful english dictionary

  • rail — rail1 railless, adj. raillike, adj. /rayl/, n. 1. a bar of wood or metal fixed horizontally for any of various purposes, as for a support, barrier, fence, or railing. 2. a fence; railing. 3. one of two fences marking the inside and outside… …   Universalium

  • sora — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1705 a small short billed North American rail (Porzana carolina) common in marshes …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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