mo·​ra ˈmȯr-ə How to pronounce mora (audio)
plural morae ˈmȯr-(ˌ)ē How to pronounce mora (audio)
or moras
: the minimal unit of measure in quantitative verse equivalent to the time of an average short syllable

Word History


Latin, delay; akin to Old Irish maraid it lasts

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mora was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Mora.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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