Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sort of elevated stone platform or terrace, often of considerable size, found on elevated sites in certain of the Polynesian Islands.
“During his excursion, he remarked a temple similar to a "morai," and which was called by the generic name of Faitoka.”
“On traversing the shore, we discovered a morai, or rather a heap of bones.”
“The word taboo implies interdiction or prohibition from touching the place, person, or thing tabooed; a violation of which is always severely punished, and at the king's morai, with death.”
“Each morai is composed of several miserable-looking little huts, or houses.”
“Passing by all the inferior ones, we at length reached the king's morai, or principal one of the place.”
“The morai consisted of an enormous pile of stone work, raised in the form of a pyramid with a flight of steps on each side, and was nearly two hundred and seventy feet long, about one-third as wide, and between forty and fifty feet high.”
“So furnished and accoutred, he divided his citizen soldiers into six morai (7) (or regimental divisions) of cavalry (8) and heavy infantry.”
“An engraving in Cook's narrative represents the interior of this _morai_.”
“The boat which took them soon passed a "moraï" of stones, and a cemetery known as the "morai of Tootahah.”
“Then a hundred voices cried at once, "Stepney morai no Toote," "Stepney the grave of Cook.”
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