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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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Examples from the Web for morae

Historical Examples

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

    A History of Sanskrit Literature

    Arthur A. MacDonell

  • 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

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

C16: from Latin: pause
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