Definition of sora in English:


(also sora crake, rail)

Pronunciation /ˈsôrə/ /ˈsɔrə/

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  • A common small brown and gray American rail, frequenting marshes.

    Porzana carolina, family Rallidae

    ‘I practiced some birding by ear, hearing but not seeing a sora rail and eastern wood pewee, plus the bird that says ‘cow cat!’’
    • ‘It reminded me of a story Bud Tordoff told me about a male peregrine falcon who was good at skimming right on top of the water and would bring back sora and pied-billed grebes.’


Early 18th century probably from a North American Indian language.