mora

mora

[mawr-uh, mohr-uh]
noun, plural morae [mawr-ee, mohr-ee] , moras. Prosody.
the unit of time equivalent to the ordinary or normal short sound or syllable.

Origin:
1560–70; < Latin: delay, hence, space of time

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mora (ˈmɔːrə)
 
n , pl -rae, -ras
prosody the quantity of a short syllable in verse represented by the breve (˘)
 
[C16: from Latin: pause]

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