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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.

King sora, the Florida gallinule.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

small, short-billed North American bird species, the Carolina rail, 1705, probably from a native name.


n. A North American rail (''Porzana carolina''), common in the Eastern United States.

Sora (Kingdom Hearts)

is a fictional character and the protagonist of Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts video game series. Introduced in the first Kingdom Hearts game in 2002, Sora is portrayed as a cheerful teenager who lives in the Destiny Islands and has been best friends with Riku and Kairi since childhood. When they plan to go on a journey to see other worlds, they are separated by creatures known as the Heartless. While fighting against them, Sora obtains a weapon called the Keyblade. Donald Duck and Goofy then recruit him in their journey across various worlds to aid King Mickey while Sora searches for his friends. Along the way, the trio protects the worlds they visit from various villains. In Kingdom Hearts II, Sora searches for Riku and fights against Organization XIII who, like Ansem the Wise from the original game, are attempting to seize Kingdom Hearts for their own. Sora has also made supporting appearances in other games from the series, and reprised his role in manga and light novel adaptations of the games.

Sora was originally designed by Kingdom Hearts series director and character designer Tetsuya Nomura during a discussion between Disney and Square about who should be the protagonist of the series. Wanting an original character, Nomura made various sketches of Sora until the design met the approval of Disney. Nomura came to regard Sora as his favorite character that he had designed, and pushed for the character to have a leading role in the Kingdom Hearts story in spite of the character's youth. Throughout the series, Sora has been voiced by Haley Joel Osment in the English version and Miyu Irino in the Japanese version. As a child, Sora was voiced by Takuto Yoshinaga and Luke Manriquez in Japanese and English, respectively. Sora's character has received generally positive critical response due to his warm personality and adventurous spirit. His personal and martial growth in the series also received praise, especially in his appearance in Kingdom Hearts II. Additionally, Sora has ranked high on various video game character popularity polls.

Sora (bird)

The sora (Porzana carolina) is a small waterbird of the family Rallidae, sometimes also referred to as the sora rail or sora crake. The genus name Porzana is derived from Venetian terms for small rails, and Carolina refers to the Carolina Colony. "Sora" is probably taken from a Native American language.

Adult soras are long, with dark-marked brown upperparts, a blue-grey face and underparts, and black and white barring on the flanks. They have a short thick yellow bill, with black markings on the face at the base of the bill and on the throat. Sexes are similar, but young soras lack the black facial markings and have a whitish face and buff breast. They weigh about .

The sora's breeding habitat is marshes throughout much of North America. They nest in a well-concealed location in dense vegetation. The female usually lays 10 to 12 eggs, sometimes as many as 18, in a cup built from marsh vegetation. The eggs do not all hatch together. Both parents incubate and feed the young, who leave the nest soon after they hatch and are able to fly within a month.

They migrate to the southern United States and northern South America. Sora is a very rare vagrant to western Europe, where it can be confused with spotted crake. However, the latter species always has spotting on the breast. a streaked crown stripe, and a different wing pattern.

Soras forage while walking or swimming. They are omnivores, eating seeds, insects and snails. Although soras are more often heard than seen, they are sometimes seen walking near open water. They are fairly common, despite a decrease in suitable habitat in recent times. The call is a slow whistled ker-whee, or a descending whinny. The use of call broadcasts greatly increases the chances of hearing a sora. Call broadcasts can also increase the chances of seeing a sora, as they will often investigate the source of the call.


Sorá is a corregimiento in Chame District, Panamá Oeste Province, Panama with a population of 1,653 as of 2010. Its population as of 1990 was 1,082; its population as of 2000 was 1,290.

Sora (album)

Sora ( "Sky") is Japanese recording artist Yui Aragaki's debut album. It was released on December 5, 2007.

Sora (Soulhead song)

"Sora" (空 / sky), is female duo Soulhead's third single under Sony Music Entertainment Japan. It managed to reach #28 on the Oricon charts and charted for six weeks.

Sora (river)

The Sora is a right affluent of the Sava River in the northeastern part of Slovenia. The Sora gathers its waters mainly from the Škofja Loka Hills. Its source branches are the Poljane Sora (, also ), named after the Poljane Valley , and the Selca Sora (, also ), named after the Selca Valley . The Poljane Sora is larger and is in length, while the Selca Sora is in length. They flow together in Škofja Loka and continue the flow as the Sora for the next until Medvode, where the Sora joins the Sava. Including the Poljane Sora, the Sora is in length. This makes it the 15th longest river of Slovenia.

The Sora is of torrential character and often floods. Its average discharge at the outflow is . Its largest discharge, measured in 1990, was .

Sora (Japanese given name)

Sora (written: 天, 青空 or 曾良) is a unisex Japanese given name. The meaning of Sora is "sky". Notable people with the name include:

  • , Japanese voice actress

  • , Japanese poet

  • , Japanese voice actress and singer

Fictional characters:

  • Sora (.hack), character from the Japanese multimedia project .hack
  • Sora (Kingdom Hearts), main character in the video game series Kingdom Hearts
  • Sora Aoi (manga), character in the Japanese manga series Aki Sora
  • Sora Inoue, a minor character in the anime/manga series Bleach (manga)
  • Sora Kasugano, character from the Japanese visual novel Yosuga no Sora
  • Sora Naegino, character in the Japanese anime series Kaleido Star
  • Sora Takenouchi, character in the Japanese anime series Digimon
  • Sora Takeuchi, character in the Japanese manga series Air Gear
  • Sora, one of the main characters of the anime No Game No Life
  • Sora, a filler character in the Naruto: Shippuden anime
Sora (Korean given name)

Sora is a Korean feminine given name. Unlike most Korean given names, which are composed of two single-syllable Sino-Korean morphemes each written with one hanja, Sora is an indigenous Korean name, a single two-syllable word meaning " conch shell". It is one of a number of such native names (called 고유어 이름) that have become more popular in South Korea in recent decades. In some cases, however, parents also choose to register hanja to represent the name, picking them solely for their pronunciation (for example, , with hanja meaning "sunlight" and "net", respectively). There are 45 hanja with the reading "so" and 14 hanja with the reading "ra" on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may used in given names.

People with this name include:

  • Sora Jung (born 1968), South Korean television actress
  • Lee So-ra (model) (born 1969), South Korean model
  • Lee So-ra (singer) (born 1969), South Korean singer
  • Lee So-ra (volleyball) (born 1987), South Korean volleyball player
  • Kang So-ra (born 1990), South Korean film actress
  • Chong So-ra (born 1991), South Korean beauty pageant winner
  • Lee So-ra (tennis) (born 1994), South Korean tennis player
  • Bak So-ra (fl. 1990s), South Korean voice actress

Usage examples of "sora".

Astrogator Sora Benning, Engineer Nezla Lustik, Computer Dru Awa-om-anoth and Doctor Vini Curdyn who, incidentally, cooked this meal.

Necor Danovich was killed by an arrow in the back, and Sora was nearly killed by an arrow in the arm.

To have been a crewmember aboard that ship, Sora Benning must have been very special indeed.

At the extreme left, Sora and Dru were making the necessary calculations to put the ship into orbit around the planet Midway, the astrogator rapidly reading off a series of equations and parameters, and the computer giving back the answers just as quickly.

Rec Room she saw that Vini and Sora were engaged in a game of space billiards, with Bred watching and making wisecracks as they played.

She took the figures Sora gave her and set her own instruments accordingly.

This was Sora, who usually slept through all but the most crucial of moments, who remained cool and aloof in her tower of self-confidence.

The nullity they were witnessing was having a profound effect on them all, but for some reason Sora was on the brink of hysteria.

I, Sora Benning, as a representative of the human race, do hereby present to this dragon the gift of one egg as a token of eternal friendship.

Having taken a month to recover from the shock, Sora would have an understandable dread of the place.

But though his mind wanted to think about the future, it kept wandering back to Sora, alone in her cabin, sweating out her personal nightmare as the ship sped on to the site of her former near-tragedy.

Vini was taken aback by the effects of her own vehemence and was about to apologize when Sora suddenly came out of her shell.

The sheer size defeated anyone who tried to know it, though Sora had done better than most.

It looked awfully small, and Sora estimated that it was several kilometers away.

Although she had probably resigned herself to her fate, Sora was sure that the engineer was cursing a blue streak about it.