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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
  • He said he was of Portugal, but I should say he had more Moorish blood in him than anything else.

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • 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
  • It is from the aqueduct of yon Moorish mill nearly at the foot of the hill.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8 Charles H. Sylvester
  • The plan is Morisco, and the impression conveyed is partly Moorish and partly medival.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • A formidable Moorish weapon, the precursor of the boarding-pike.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • While at anchor thirty of his Moorish prisoners made their escape, twelve of whom were retaken by means of his boat.

  • They ought at least, to give us a Moorish dance, or some other mummer!

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Moorish

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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