[ mawr-uh, mohr-uh ]
/ ˈmɔr ə, ˈmoʊr ə /

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.

Nearby words

  1. moqui,
  2. mor,
  3. mor.,
  4. mor. dict.,
  5. mor. sol.,
  6. moraceous,
  7. moradabad,
  8. morae,
  9. moraea,
  10. moraga

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 morae

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

British Dictionary definitions for morae


/ (ˈmɔːrə) /

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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