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moor 1

v. moored, moor·ing, moors
1. To make fast (a vessel, for example) by means of cables, anchors, or lines: moor a ship to a dock; a dirigible moored to a tower.
2. To fix in place; secure: a mailbox moored to the sidewalk with bolts. See Synonyms at fasten.
3. To provide with an abiding emotional attachment: a politician moored to the family back home.
1. To secure a vessel or aircraft with lines or anchors.
2. To be secured with lines or anchors: The freighter moored alongside the wharf.

[Middle English moren.]

moor 2

An uncultivated area covered with low-growing vegetation and often high but poorly drained.

[Middle English mor, from Old English mōr.]


1. A member of a traditionally Muslim people of mixed Berber and Arab ancestry, now living chiefly in northwest Africa.
2. One of the Muslims who invaded Spain in the 8th century and established a civilization in Andalusia that lasted until the late 15th century.

[Middle English More, from Old French, from Medieval Latin Mōrus, from Latin Maurus, Mauritanian, from Greek Mauros.]
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Muslims of mixed Berber and Arab descent conquering Spain 711–1492.
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Home for over 800 years to the Moorish Empire, exploring the Arab legacy in Andalucia from the Cordoba Mosque to the Alhambra Palace in Granada and the Alcazar in Seville is an "absolute must do" for anyone from the Gulf region, it said.
Abdullah sadly died in that battle and Tours marked the western limit of the Moorish empire. But, as Edward Scobie, the Dominican-born historian, journalist and politician shows, "the Moors remained in southern France until 1140, principally in the Camarque on the western Riviera, which is still known as La Petite Afrique".
Spring is a lovely time to explore the one-time capital of the Moorish empire.