- of or relating to the Moors, a Muslim people of NW Africa.
- in the style of the Moors, as architecture or decoration.
Origin of Moorish
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Examples from the Web for moorish
The castle finally fell in 1484 after a 15-day siege and more than 700 years of Moorish rule.The Spanish Fraggle Rock: Setenil de las Bodegas Is an Andalucian Town Built Under a Rock
January 2, 2014
The whitewashed facade tinged with deep Moorish blues gives it its unique and inviting allure.Portugal's Kings of Pastry
April 5, 2011
In the streets of the Moorish city many a group still lingered.Leila, Complete
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.’A Supplementary Chapter to the Bible in Spain
She had put it over her head for a hood, pretending to be a Moorish woman.
The Moorish guards who kept it fell back at sight of him with looks of consternation.
- of or relating to the Moors
- 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
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