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mora

[mawr-uh, mohr-uh]
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noun, plural mo·rae [mawr-ee, mohr-ee] /ˈmɔr i, ˈmoʊr i/, mo·ras. Prosody.
  1. the unit of time equivalent to the ordinary or normal short sound or syllable.
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Origin of mora

1560–70; < Latin: delay, hence, space of time
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Related Words for mora

feet, cadency, pattern, measure, rhyme, poetry, lilt, music, structure, swing, cadence, mora

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Contemporary Examples of mora

Historical Examples of mora

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for mora

mora

noun plural -rae (-riː) or -ras
  1. prosody the quantity of a short syllable in verse represented by the breve (˘)
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Word Origin for mora

C16: from Latin: pause
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