[ mawr-uh, mohr-uh ]
/ ˈmɔr ə, ˈmoʊr ə /
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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.
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Origin of mora

1560–70; <Latin: delay, hence, space of time
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How to use mora in a sentence

  • 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 mora

/ (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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