Lore or lores?

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Subject: Lore or lores?
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 16:35:12 +1100
Carl Clifford wrote on Monday, 12 February 2007 12:36 PM:

> I think illustrations such as the ones on Wiki and in Simpson & Day
> point to the lore on either side of the head as a pair and therefore
> as lores. In Proctor and Lynch's Manual of Ornithology, the
> illustrations of the general topography of a bird indicate a lore .
> The illustrations in Wiki and S&D. are trying to do the rather
> difficult job of showing a feature that occurs on both sides of a
> birds head in a two dimensional image. This is a not uncommon
> practice, unfortunately, and does lead to some confusion.

Fair enough.  I assumed that because they refer to other pairs (e.g.
wing, flank, ear patch) in the singular that everything on the diagrams
is singular.  Also, the text in Wikipedia says "The region between the
eye and bill on the side of a bird's head is called the lores."  Even
more confusing.

Peter Shute

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