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Morris

[mawr-is, mor-] /ˈmɔr ɪs, ˈmɒr-/
noun
1.
Esther Hobart McQuigg Slack [muh-kwig slak] /məˈkwɪg ˈslæk/ (Show IPA), 1814–1902, U.S. suffragist.
2.
Gouverneur
[guhv-er-neer] /ˌgʌv ərˈnɪər/ (Show IPA),
1752–1816, U.S. statesman.
3.
Robert, 1734–1806, U.S. financier and statesman, born in England.
4.
William, 1834–96, English painter, furniture designer, poet, and socialist writer.
5.
Wright, 1910–1998, U.S. novelist.
6.
a male given name, form of Maurice.

morris dance

[mawr-is, mor-] /ˈmɔr ɪs, ˈmɒr-/
noun
1.
a rural folk dance of north English origin, performed in costume traditionally by men who originally represented characters of the Robin Hood legend, especially in May Day festivities.
Also called morris.
Origin of morris dance
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English moreys daunce Moorish dance; see Moorish
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Morris

/ˈmɒrɪs/
noun
1.
William. 1834–96, English poet, designer, craftsman, and socialist writer. He founded the Kelmscott Press (1890)

morris dance

/ˈmɒrɪs/
noun
1.
any of various old English folk dances usually performed by men (morris men) to the accompaniment of violin, concertina, etc. The dancers are adorned with bells and often represent characters from folk tales Often shortened to morris
Derived Forms
morris dancing, noun
Word Origin
C15 moreys daunce Moorish dance. See Moor
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Word Origin and History for Morris

surname and masc. proper name, in some cases representing Maurice (common form Morice, or a nickname, Moorish, for onme who is swarthy. As a style of furniture, wallpaper, etc., 1880, in reference to poet and craftsman William Morris (1834-1896).

morris dance

n.

mid-15c., moreys daunce "Moorish dance," from Flemish mooriske dans, from Old French morois "Moorish, Arab, black," from More "Moor" (see Moor). Unknown why the English dance was called this, unless in reference to fantastic dancing or costumes (cf. Italian Moresco, a related dance, literally "Moorish;" German moriskentanz, French moresque).

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