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[mawr-uh, mohr-uh] /ˈmɔr ə, ˈmoʊr ə/
noun, plural morae
[mawr-ee, mohr-ee] /ˈmɔr i, ˈmoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
moras. Prosody.
the unit of time equivalent to the ordinary or normal short sound or syllable.
Origin of mora
1560-70; < Latin: delay, hence, space of time Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Such is the tale of the destruction of the Lacedaemonian mora.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • With a joyous heart he turned about and hurried back to mora.

  • After tea Mrs. mora insisted on Olive's retiring for the night.

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • "I must have it at any price," says the Nabob, hooked by the name of mora.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • It is not an extraordinary thing to meet mora in the Bois on a Sunday.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • Was it not enough that at such a moment a man like mora had given him a thought?

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • One must do to mora the justice of admitting that he was no follower of the crowd.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • mora was what was seen in France and throughout Europe of the Empire.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • "You lose mora, but you regain me; so things are equalized," said the banker tranquilly.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for mora


noun (pl) -rae (-riː), -ras
(prosody) the quantity of a short syllable in verse represented by the breve (˘)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: pause
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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