noun \ˈmr\

: a broad area of open land that is not good for farming

Full Definition of MOOR

chiefly British :  an expanse of open rolling infertile land
:  a boggy area; especially :  one that is peaty and dominated by grasses and sedges

Examples of MOOR

  1. <as she wanders the windswept moor, the novel's heroine vows that she will never marry the vicar>
  2. <a mysterious figure who was said to have haunted the moors of southwest England>

Origin of MOOR

Middle English mor, from Old English mōr; akin to Old High German muor moor
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra



: to hold (a boat or ship) in place with ropes or cables or with an anchor

Full Definition of MOOR

transitive verb
:  to make fast with or as if with cables, lines, or anchors :  anchor
intransitive verb
:  to secure a boat by mooring :  anchor
:  to be made fast

Examples of MOOR

  1. We found a harbor and moored the boat there for the night.
  2. The boat was moored alongside the dock.
  3. We need to find a place to moor for the night.

Origin of MOOR

Middle English moren; akin to Middle Dutch meren, maren to tie, moor
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay


noun \ˈmr\

: a member of a group of North African Arab people who ruled parts of Spain from the eighth century until 1492

Full Definition of MOOR

:  one of the Arab and Berber conquerors of Spain
:  berber
Moor·ish \-ish\ adjective

Origin of MOOR

Middle English More, from Anglo-French, from Latin Maurus inhabitant of Mauretania
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt


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