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[moo r-ish] /ˈmʊər ɪʃ/
of or relating to the Moors, a Muslim people of NW Africa.
in the style of the Moors, as architecture or decoration.
Origin of Moorish
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English morys. See Moor, -ish1 Unabridged
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  • Molly, lieutenant Mulvey that kissed her under the Moorish wall beside the gardens.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • But to be accurate, it was a Moorish invasion and a Saracen conquest!

    A Short History of Spain Mary Platt Parmele
  • But on the seventh day Charles led a battalion of his biggest, fiercest Germans straight against the Moorish center.

    The Ifs of History Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
  • Then you could cross an old bridge, and go through a Moorish gateway into town.

  • The plan is Morisco, and the impression conveyed is partly Moorish and partly medival.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • He spoke the language of the country, and was dressed in the Moorish costume.

    Perils and Captivity Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
  • While at anchor thirty of his Moorish prisoners made their escape, twelve of whom were retaken by means of his boat.

  • There the faithful squire had dragged his master pierced by a Moorish lance.

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland
British Dictionary definitions for Moorish


/ˈmʊərɪʃ; ˈmɔː-/
of or relating to the Moors
denoting the style of architecture used in Spain from the 13th to 16th century, characterized by the horseshoe arch
Also Morisco, Moresco
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Word Origin and History for Moorish

"of or pertaining to Moors," mid-15c., from Moor + -ish.

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