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memento mori

[muh-men-toh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, mawr-ee, mohr-ee; for 1 also Latin me-men-toh moh-ree] /məˈmɛn toʊ ˈmɔr aɪ, ˈmoʊr aɪ, ˈmɔr i, ˈmoʊr i; for 1 also Latin mɛˈmɛn toʊ ˈmoʊ ri/
noun, plural memento mori for 2.
1.
(italics) Latin. remember that you must die.
2.
an object, as a skull, serving as a reminder of death or mortality.
Origin of memento mori
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95, memento mori is from the Latin word mementō morī

dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

[doo l-ke et de-koh-room est proh pah-tree-ah moh-ree; English duhl-see et di-kawr-uh m est proh pey-tree-uh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, -kohr-uh m] /ˈdʊl kɛ ɛt dɛˈkoʊ rum ɛst proʊ ˈpɑ triˌɑ ˈmoʊ ri; English ˈdʌl si ɛt dɪˈkɔr əm ɛst proʊ ˈpeɪ tri ə ˈmɔr aɪ, ˈmoʊr aɪ, -ˈkoʊr əm/
Latin.
1.
sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country.
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  • How nice of you to have invited Amenomori to our tiffin,—and the trip to mori!

  • The mori lads, never thinking but that it was a common ass, jumped on its back.

  • The Bombyx mori has, however, nothing alluring in its appearance.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • mori commissioned Moscheles to write a piece "Gems la Paganini," taking the precaution of obtaining the violinist's consent.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work Stephen Samuel Stratton
  • mori, though named from its mulberry trees, is more famed for its tobacco, which is reckoned the best grown in Tirol.

British Dictionary definitions for mori

MORI

/ˈmɔːrɪ/
noun acronym
1.
Market and Opinion Research Institute: a MORI poll

memento mori

/ˈmɔːriː/
noun
1.
an object, such as a skull, intended to remind people of the inevitability of death
Word Origin
C16: Latin: remember you must die
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Word Origin and History for mori

memento mori

n.

"reminder of death," 1590s, Latin, literally "remember that you must die."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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