Main definitions of mora in English

: mora1mora2mora3mora4

mora1

Pronunciation /ˈmɔːrə/

noun

  • 1Scots Law
    Undue delay in the assertion of a claim, etc.

  • 2Prosody
    A unit of metrical time equal to the duration of a short syllable.

  • 3Linguistics
    The smallest or basic unit of duration of a speech sound.

Origin

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.

Main definitions of mora in English

: mora1mora2mora3mora4

mora2

Pronunciation /ˈmɔːrə/

noun

Ancient Greek History
  • Any one of the (originally six) divisions of which the Spartan army was made up.

Origin

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.

Main definitions of mora in English

: mora1mora2mora3mora4

mora3

(also morah)

Pronunciation /ˈmɔːrə/ /ˈmɔːrɑː/

noun

  • In South Asia: a stool; a footstool; a wicker chair.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Mary Sherwood (1775–1851), children's writer and educationist. From Hindi moṛhā, Marathi moṛā.

Pronunciation

mora

/ˈmɔːrə/ /ˈmɔːrɑː/

Main definitions of mora in English

: mora1mora2mora3mora4

mora4

Pronunciation /ˈmɔːrə/

noun

  • A tall tree, Mora excelsa (family Caesalpiniaceae (Leguminosae)), native to the Caribbean and tropical South America (also "mora tree"); the wood of this tree.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Waterton (1782–1865), naturalist. Either shortened from Tupi moira-tinga white tree (referring to the blossom) from moira tree + tinga white, or from Arawak mora.

Pronunciation

mora

/ˈmɔːrə/