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moor1

[moo r]
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noun
  1. a tract of open, peaty, wasteland, often overgrown with heath, common in high latitudes and altitudes where drainage is poor; heath.
  2. a tract of land preserved for game.

Origin of moor1

before 900; Middle English more, Old English mōr; cognate with Dutch moer, German Moor marsh
Related formsmoor·y, adjective
Can be confusedmoor more

moor2

[moo r]
verb (used with object)
  1. to secure (a ship, boat, dirigible, etc.) in a particular place, as by cables and anchors or by lines.
  2. to fix firmly; secure.
verb (used without object)
  1. to moor a ship, small boat, etc.
  2. to be made secure by cables or the like.
noun
  1. the act of mooring.

Origin of moor2

1485–95; earlier more, akin to Old English mǣrels- in mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring a ship; see marline

Moor

[moo r]
noun
  1. a Muslim of the mixed Berber and Arab people inhabiting NW Africa.
  2. a member of this group that invaded Spain in the 8th century a.d. and occupied it until 1492.

Origin of Moor

1350–1400; Middle English More < Middle French, variant of Maure < Latin Maurus < Greek Maûros
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Examples from the Web for moor

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Historical Examples

  • "Thy mother's soul has passed into mine," said the Moor, tenderly.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "Fame lies to us, then," answered the Moor, with some surprise.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Boabdil motioned to the Moor to withdraw, and an alfaqui advanced in his stead.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • And never was known, to Moor or Christian, the future fate of the hero of Granada.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Muza was at the door; but the Moor paused irresolutely, ere he dismounted.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for moor

moor1

noun
  1. a tract of unenclosed ground, usually having peaty soil covered with heather, coarse grass, bracken, and moss
Derived Formsmoory, adjective

Word Origin

Old English mōr; related to Old Saxon mōr, Old High German muor swamp

moor2

verb
  1. to secure (a ship, boat, etc) with cables or ropes
  2. (of a ship, boat, etc) to be secured in this way
  3. (not in technical usage) a less common word for anchor (def. 11)

Word Origin

C15: of Germanic origin; related to Old English mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring

Moor

noun
  1. a member of a Muslim people of North Africa, of mixed Arab and Berber descent. In the 8th century they were converted to Islam and established power in North Africa and Spain, where they established a civilization (756–1492)

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin Maurus, from Greek Mauros, possibly from Berber
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Word Origin and History for moor

v.

"to fasten (a vessel) by a cable," late 15c., probably related to Old English mærels "mooring rope," via unrecorded *mærian "to moor," or possibly borrowed from Middle Low German moren or Middle Dutch maren "to moor," from West Germanic *mairojan. Related: Moored, mooring. French amarrer is from Dutch.

n.

"waste ground," Old English mor "morass, swamp," from Proto-Germanic *mora- (cf. Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Dutch meer "swamp," Old High German muor "swamp," also "sea," German Moor "moor," Old Norse mörr "moorland," marr "sea"), perhaps related to mere (n.), or from root *mer- "to die," hence "dead land."

The basic sense in place names is 'marsh', a kind of low-lying wetland possibly regarded as less fertile than mersc 'marsh.' The development of the senses 'dry heathland, barren upland' is not fully accounted for but may be due to the idea of infertility. [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]

Moor

n.

"North African, Berber," late 14c., from Old French More, from Medieval Latin Morus, from Latin Maurus "inhabitant of Mauritania" (northwest Africa, a region now corresponding to northern Algeria and Morocco), from Greek Mauros, perhaps a native name, or else cognate with mauros "black" (but this adjective only appears in late Greek and may as well be from the people's name as the reverse). Being a dark people in relation to Europeans, their name in the Middle Ages was a synonym for "Negro;" later (16c.-17c.) used indiscriminately of Muslims (Persians, Arabs, etc.) but especially those in India.

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