Definition of sora in US English:

sora

(also sora crake, rail)

noun

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

    Porzana carolina, family Rallidae

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I practiced some birding by ear, hearing but not seeing a sora rail and eastern wood pewee, plus the bird that says ‘cow cat!’’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

sora

/ˈsɔrə//ˈsôrə/