mora

noun
mo·​ra | \ ˈmȯr-ə How to pronounce mora (audio) \
plural morae\ ˈmȯr-​(ˌ)ē How to pronounce mora (audio) , -​ˌī \ or moras

Definition of mora

: the minimal unit of measure in quantitative verse equivalent to the time of an average short syllable

First Known Use of mora

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mora

Latin, delay; akin to Old Irish maraid it lasts

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“Mora.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mora. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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