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.
Are we really using the term mora for writing systems now?
I'm not a linguist, but I thought the term mora had more or less been restricted to the phonological elements of a spoken language, rather than to writing systems.
But there is a grave periculum in mora [danger in delay].
Parliamente eba lefa ka mora nako e telele (6 months) Base ba fumani le mangolo a tswang maqwethweng.
A mora is a unit of prosodic weight, so whether a coda consonant is moraic is a matter of whether it makes a syllable heavy.
Luis Vásquez's rather didactic discussion of the meaning of the word mora in his letter to Alderrete illustrates the presidente's lack of basic knowledge regarding the customs that needed to be respected in order to operate with any measure of success in Indian country.
The metrical unit in versification is a short syllable, technically called a mora (v).
The two ran home, but the rhino came after them, so they again had to flee, pursued by him, until they came across a small tree called mora, of which antoh is afraid.
The oboe were lineages into which every tribe was divided, and in each tribe there was another division containing all those of the same that were of military age, which being called the mora, was subdivided into troops and companies that were kept in perpetual discipline under the command of a magistrate called the polemarch.
Is "mora" used for blackberry in Mexico, or do they only use "zarzamora"?