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Abra \A"bra\, n. [Sp., a bay, valley, fissure.] A narrow pass or defile; a break in a mesa; the mouth of a ca[~n]on. [Southwestern U. S.]


n. 1 A wooden boat used as a ferry in Dubai. 2 A narrow mountain pass.


Abra may refer to:

Abra (province)

Abra (; ) is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is Bangued, and is bordered by Ilocos Norte on the northwest, Apayao on the northeast, Kalinga on the mid-east, Mountain Province on the southeast, and Ilocos Sur on the southwest.

ABRA (gene)

Actin-binding Rho-activating protein is a protein that in humans is encoded by the ABRA gene. The mouse and rat homologues are known as STARS (striated muscle activator of Rho signalling) and MS1 (myocyte stress 1) respectively.

MS1/STARS is regulated by MyoD during myogenic differentiation of the C2C12 cell line.

Abra (genus)

Abra is a genus of saltwater clams, marine bivalve mollusks in the family Semelidae. Members of this genus are mostly under 1.5 centimeters long, and have thin shells which are usually white. These bivalves normally live under the surface of sandy and muddy sediments, in the neritic zone.

They are considered an important food source for flat fish.

Abra (boat)

An abra ( ) is a traditional boat made of wood.

Abras are used to ferry people across the Dubai Creek in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They travel between the water station at Shindagha/Al Ghubaiba on the Bur Dubai side, and the water station at Al Sabkha on the Deira side. The abras depart every few minutes. The fare is 1 dirham, which is paid to the ferry driver.

Abra (motorcycle)

The Abra was an Italian motorcycle that was manufactured from 1923 to 1927. The Abra initially used a DKW 146cc two-stroke engine, but from 1924 132cc engines of the company's own design were used. Production was limited.

Abra (rapper)

Raymond Abracosa, better known as Abra, is a Filipino hip hop artist and occasional actor. He gained popularity in his song " Gayuma" ("Love Potion"). The music video for the song shows Abra being given a potion only to realize that his love interest is in fact a transgender. When the video reached more than 26 million views on YouTube, it was hailed as the highest number generated by any local artist.

Abra (name)

Abra is both a given name and a surname. Notable people with the name include:

  • Douglas Abra (born 1947), judge of Manitoba, Canada
  • Abra of Poitiers (aka Saint Abra) (c.343–c.360), French saint
  • Abra Moore (born 1969), Irish-American singer-songwriter
  • Abra Prentice Wilkin (born 1942), American philanthropist, socialite and member of the Rockefeller Family
  • Abra (rapper), stage name of Filipino rapper Raymond Abracosa (born 1990)

Fictional characters:

  • Abra Durant, a fictional surgeon in the British television series Holby City
  • Abra Kadabra (comics), a DC comic book supervillain
  • Abra Bacon, young woman in John Steinbeck's novel " East of Eden"
  • Abra Stone, a girl in Stephen King's novel " Doctor Sleep"
  • Abra Walsh, a young woman in Nora Roberts' novel "Whiskey Beach"

Usage examples of "abra".

Her father repeated with relish, “ ‘And though I called another, Abra came.

He was starting to punish Abra for liking his brother, and this was nothing new either.

His brain probed for a weak­ness in Abra, and so clever was he that he found one almost at once in her words.

Gradually some drifted away to their own homes, and only three girls were with Abra when she came to the white gate of her yard and turned in.

After a moment the latch lifted, the white gate opened, and Abra emerged.

He wept quietly, and Abra stroked his cheek and wiped the flowing tears away with the edge of her skirt.

For a very short time he tried to join Abra and Aron, but they didn’t want him.

He spoke to Abra of the necessity for abstinence and de­cided that he would live a life of celibacy.

And once when Abra got angry and said she hated him he felt awful bad.

He studied, ate, slept, and wrote to Abra, and this was his whole life.

But, Abra, suppose he’d asked and she had said something else and he liked it and had another dish.

The house next to Reynaud’s Bakery became warm and dear, Lee the epitome of friend and counselor, his father the cool, dependable figure of godhead, his brother clever and delightful, and Abra —well, of Abra he made his immaculate dream and, having created her, fell in love with her.

And as Abra became more radiant, more pure and beautiful, Aron took an increasing joy in a concept of his own wicked­ness.

The results were love letters that dripped with longing and by their high tone made Abra very uneasy.

He remembered that Abra had once sug­gested that they go to live on the ranch, and that became his dream.