Our countrymen soon united the morris-dance with the favourite pageant dance of Robin-hood.
The hobby-horse doth hither prance, Maid Marian and the morris-dance.
It is generally agreed that the morris-dance was introduced into this country in the sixteenth century.
A May-pole was an abomination equalled only in atrocity by a "Whitsun-ale" or a "morris-dance."
Maid Marian was always a prominent figure in the morris-dance.
In later times the morris-dance was frequently introduced on the stage.
They drew up before the house and danced their morris-dance for us.
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).