from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The minimal unit of metrical time in quantitative verse, equal to the short syllable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A genus of large South American trees.
- n. A delay in bringing a claim.
- n. A unit used to measure lines and stanzas of poetry.
- n. 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).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A game of guessing the number of fingers extended in a quick movement of the hand, -- much played by Italians of the lower classes.
- n. A leguminous tree of Guiana and Trinidad (Dimorphandra excelsa); also, its timber, used in shipbuilding and making furniture.
- n. Delay; esp., culpable delay; postponement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient prosody, the unit of time, equivalent to the ordinary or normal short; the semeion or primary time. See time.
- n. In civillaw, any unjustifiable delay in the fulfilment of an obligation, for which the party delaying is responsible.
- n. An old game still common in Italy, in which one of the players, after raising the right hand, suddenly lowers it, with one or more of the fingers extended, the other players trying to guess the number so extended.
- n. A majestic leguminous tree, Dimorphandra (Mora) excelsa, abounding in Guiana and Trinidad.
- n. In Greek antiquity, one of the six main divisions of the army of Sparta, commanded by a polemarch.
Latin, pause.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin from a botanical name, perhaps from Tupi. (Wiktionary)
From Latin mora ("duration of time, delay"). (Wiktionary)