[mawr-uh, mohr-uh]

noun, plural mo·rae [mawr-ee, mohr-ee] /ˈmɔr i, ˈmoʊr i/, mo·ras. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mora

Contemporary Examples of mora

  • As Selah talks to Mora, the two embark on a kind of intertextual journey.

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Historical Examples of mora

  • Such is the tale of the destruction of the Lacedaemonian mora.



  • With a joyous heart he turned about and hurried back to Mora.

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


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  • "I must have it at any price," says the Nabob, hooked by the name of Mora.

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    Alphonse Daudet

  • It is not an extraordinary thing to meet Mora in the Bois on a Sunday.

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    Alphonse Daudet

British Dictionary definitions for mora


noun plural -rae (-riː) or -ras

prosody the quantity of a short syllable in verse represented by the breve (˘)

Word Origin for mora

C16: from Latin: pause
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