One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Scottish 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.
nounAncient Greek History
Any one of the (originally six) divisions of which the Spartan army was made up.
In South Asia: a stool; a footstool; a wicker chair.
A tall tree, Mora excelsa (family Caesalpiniaceae (Leguminosae)), native to the Caribbean and tropical South America (also "mora tree"); the wood of this tree.
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<br>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<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in Mary Sherwood (1775–1851), children's writer and educationist. From Hindi moṛhā, Marathi moṛā<br>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.
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