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

Definition of mora

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

Examples of mora in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the casa mora bakery in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, a forkful of springy, fragrant almond cake taught us a history lesson — and an easier method for lightening flourless cakes. TheWeek, "The best cake to make if you're low on flour," 31 May 2020

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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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10 Jun 2020

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“Mora.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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