[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.

Origin of mora

1560–70; < Latin: delay, hence, space of time Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of morae

  • Thus it distinguishes only three morae in the syllable om, and not yet three and a half.

  • As the king approached the morae, some of his own followers even drew back, and formed a knot at a distance.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose

    William H. G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for morae


noun plural -rae (-riː) or -ras
  1. 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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