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[mawr-uh, mohr-uh] /ˈmɔr ə, ˈmoʊr ə/
noun, plural morae
[mawr-ee, mohr-ee] /ˈmɔr i, ˈmoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
moras. Prosody
the unit of time equivalent to the ordinary or normal short sound or syllable.
Origin of mora
1560-70; < Latin: delay, hence, space of time Unabridged
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  • Thus it distinguishes only three morae in the syllable om, and not yet three and a half.

    A History of Sanskrit Literature Arthur A. MacDonell
  • As the king approached the morae, some of his own followers even drew back, and formed a knot at a distance.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose William H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for morae


noun (pl) -rae (-riː), -ras
(prosody) the quantity of a short syllable in verse represented by the breve (˘)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: pause
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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