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n. pl. mo·rae (môr′ē) or mo·ras
1. The minimal unit of metrical time in quantitative verse, equal to the short syllable.
2. Linguistics A unit of phonological quantity based on both vowel quantity and the occurrence of consonants within a given syllable.

[Latin, pause.]


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


(ˈmɔr ə, ˈmoʊr ə)

n., pl. mo•rae (ˈmɔr i, ˈmoʊr i) mo•ras.
a metrical unit equivalent to a short syllable and often represented by a breve.
[1560–70; < Latin: delay, hence, space of time]
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Peppino had a little spare time, so he had a game of mora with the facchini, lost three crowns, and then to console himself drank a bottle of Orvieto.
You catcha da job, I let you have mora da grub," the grocer assured Martin.
The disproportionate support for Medina Mora left no doubt that Pena Nieto had exerted strong influence on the process.
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If this two-week stretch showed him anything, Mora said, is that it's time for No.
Mora, a biological geographer at the University of Hawaii, and colleagues ran simulations from 39 different computer models and looked at hundreds of thousands of species, maps and data points to ask when places will have ''an environment like we had never seen before.
Ternary length contrasts can also be analysed by means of shared moras, provided that the structure shown in Figure 2 is interpreted such that a segment in a shared mora is shorter than a corresponding segment that is fully moraic.
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On June 1st, 2012, Mora wraps recording of voice tracks with Tom Kenny, and commences the nose-to-tail animatic which then goes to Emmy Award-winning sound editor Rick Partlow for Foley.