Dictionary: AU'RATE – AU-RO'RA

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AU'RATE, n.1 [Supposed to be from aurum, gold.]

A sort of pear.

AU'RATE, n.2 [L. aurum, gold; Fr. or; from the Heb. and Ch. אור, light, fire, and to shine, from its color; Ir. or; W. aur; Corn. our; Basque, urrea; Arm, aur, gold.]

A combination of auric acid with a base; as aurate of potash.

AU'RA-TED, a.1

  1. Resembling gold.
  2. Combined with auric acid.

AU'RA-TED, a.2 [L. auris, the ear.]

Eared; having ears like the scallop-shell.



AU-RE'LIA, n. [from aurum, or aur, gold, from its color. See Chrysalis.]

In natural history, the nymph or chrysalis of an insect; or the form of an animal, like a worm or maggot, covered with a hardish pellicle, and in a state of seeming insensibility. From this state, it changes to a moth, butterfly, or other winged insect. – Encyc.


Like or pertaining to the aurelia. – Humphreys.

AU-RE'O-LA, n. [L. aurum, gold.]

A circle of rays of light, emblematical of glory.

AU'RIC, a. [from aurum, gold.]

Pertaining to gold. The auric acid is a saturated combination of gold and oxygen. – Fourcroy.

AU'RI-CLE, n. [L. auricula, dim. from auris, the ear.]

  1. The external ear, or that part which is prominent from the head.
  2. The auricles of the heart are two muscular bags, situated at the base, serving as diverticula for the blood, during the diastole. They resemble the auricle of the ear, and cover the ventricles of the heart, like caps. Their systole or contraction corresponds to the diastole of the heart, and vice versa. They receive the blood from the veins, and communicate it to the ventricles. – Encyc. Chambers.


Having appendages like ears.


That species of Primula, called, from the shape of its leaves, bear's ear.

AU-RIC'U-LAR, a. [from L. auricula, the ear.]

  1. Pertaining to the ear; within the sense of hearing; told in the ear; as, auricular confession.
  2. Recognized by the ear; known by the sense of hearing; as, auricular evidence.
  3. Traditional; known by report; as, auricular traditions. – Bacon.


In a secret manner; by way of whisper, or voice addressed to the ear.


Shaped like the ear. – Botany.


Having large or elongated ears; as, the auriculated vulture. – Ed. Encyc.

AU-RIF'ER-OUS, a. [L. aurifer, from aurum, gold, and fero, to produce.]

That yields or produces gold; as, auriferous sands or streams. Thomson.

AU'RI-FORM, a. [L. auris, the ear, and forma.]

Ear-shaped; having the form of the human ear.

AU-RI'GA, n. [L. of aurea, orea, a head-stall, a bridle, and rego, to govern or manage.]

  1. Literally, the director of a car, or wagon. In astronomy, the Wagoner, a constellation in the northern hemisphere, consisting of 23 stars, according to Tycho; 40, according to Hevelius; and 68, in the British catalogue. – Encyc.
  2. The fourth lobe of the liver; also a bandage for the sides. – Quincy.

AU-RI-GA'TION, n. [L. auriga.]

The act or practice of driving horses harnessed to carriages.



AU'RI-SCALP, n. [L. auris, ear, and scalpo, to scrape.]

An instrument to clean the ears; used also in operations of surgery on the ear.

AU'RIST, n. [L. auris, ear.]

One skilled in disorders of the ear, or who professes to cure them. – Ash.

AU'ROCH, n. [G. urochs, the ure-ox, urus and ox.]

A species of wild bull or buffalo, whose bones are found in gravel and alluvial soil. – J. of Science.

AU-RO'RA, n. [L. aurora; Sans. arun; Ch. and Heb. אור light, and ער to raise.]

  1. The rising light of the morning; the dawn of day, or morning twilight.
  2. The goddess of the morning, or twilight deified by fancy. The poets represented her as rising out of the ocean, in a chariot, with rosy fingers dropping gentle dew.
  3. A species of crowfoot. – Johnson. Aurora borealis, or lumen boreale; northern twilight. This species of light usually appears in streams, ascending toward the zenith from a dusky line a few degrees above the horizon. Sometimes it assumes a wavy appearance, as in America, in March, 1782, when it overspread the whole hemisphere. Sometimes it appears in detached places; at other times, it almost covers the hemisphere. As the streams of light have a tremulous motion, they are called, in the Shetland Isles, merry dancers. They assume all shapes, and a variety of colors, from a pale red or yellow to a deep red or blood color; and in the northern latitudes, serve to illuminate the earth and cheer the gloom of long winter nights. This light is sometimes near the earth. It is said to have been seen between the spectator and a distant mountain.