Mora definition

môrə
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The minimal unit of metrical time in quantitative verse, equal to the short syllable.
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(linguis.) An arbitrary unit of syllabic length.
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(linguistics) A unit of phonological quantity based on both vowel quantity and the occurrence of consonants within a given syllable.
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(prosody) The unit of metrical time, equal to the ordinary short syllable, usually indicated by a breve (˘)
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(Scottish law) A delay in bringing a claim.
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(poetics) A unit used to measure lines and stanzas of poetry.
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(phonology) A unit of syllable weight used in phonology, by which stress, foot structure, or timing of utterance is determined in some languages (e.g. Japanese).
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(botany) Any tree of the genus Mora of large South American trees.
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Any fish of the genus Mora.
  • The common mora.
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Alternative form of morra (finger-counting game)
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A taxonomic genus within the family Fabaceae "” timber trees of the tropical Americas.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Moridae "” a deep-sea fish, the common mora.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mora
Plural:
morae, moras

Origin of mora

  • Latin pause

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin, perhaps from Old Tupi; compare English mora (“tree of the genus").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin mora (“duration of time, delay").

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin from a botanical name, perhaps from Tupi.

    From Wiktionary