Undue delay in the assertion of a claim, etc.
A unit of metrical time equal to the duration of a short syllable.
The smallest or basic unit of duration of a speech sound.
Mid 16th century. From classical Latin mora delay, (in legal context) delay in fulfilling a legal duty, (in grammar) pause in speech or verse generally indicated by punctuation, sustaining of the voice in the pronunciation of a syllable, cognate with Early Irish maraid remains.
nounAncient Greek History
Any one of the (originally six) divisions of which the Spartan army was made up.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Mitford (1744–1827), historian of ancient Greece. From ancient Greek μόρα from the same base as μέρος a part, μόρος destiny.
In South Asia: a stool; a footstool; a wicker chair.
H. Yule and A. C. Burnell Hobson-Jobson (1886) at that entry, describe the word as ‘in common colloquial use’ in 19th-cent. India.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Mary Sherwood (1775–1851), children's writer and educationist. From Hindi moṛhā and Marathi moḍā, both ultimately from a Dravidian language.
A tall tree, Mora excelsa (family Caesalpiniaceae (Leguminosae)), native to the Caribbean and tropical South America (also "mora tree"); the wood of this tree.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Waterton (1782–1865), naturalist. Either from moira- (in Tupi moira-tinga white tree (referring to the blossom); from moira tree + tinga white), or from Arawak mora.