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Moorish

[moo r-ish] /ˈmʊər ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Moors, a Muslim people of NW Africa.
2.
in the style of the Moors, as architecture or decoration.
Origin of Moorish
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50, Moorish is from the late Middle English word morys. See Moor, -ish1
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  • In the streets of the Moorish city many a group still lingered.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Let them boast of their Moorish gallantry and their infidel marriages—a fig for them!

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • The Biarkemal would soon have drowned the Moorish ‘Lelhies.’

  • She had put it over her head for a hood, pretending to be a Moorish woman.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • The Moorish guards who kept it fell back at sight of him with looks of consternation.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Outside there was a wide terrace lit up by Chinese and Moorish lanterns.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • It is this porch that most strongly shows the hand of Moorish workmen.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • This is very common in Moorish roofs, and may be seen at Seville and elsewhere.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
British Dictionary definitions for Moorish

Moorish

/ˈmʊərɪʃ; ˈmɔː-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Moors
2.
denoting the style of architecture used in Spain from the 13th to 16th century, characterized by the horseshoe arch
Also Morisco, Moresco
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Word Origin and History for Moorish
adj.

"of or pertaining to Moors," mid-15c., from Moor + -ish.

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