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 (moi′dôr′, moi-dôr′)
A former Portuguese or Brazilian gold coin that was also current in England in the early 1700s.

[Alteration of Portuguese moeda d'ouro : moeda (from Latin monēta, coin; see money) + de, of (from Latin ; see de-) + ouro, gold (from Latin aurum).]


(Currencies) a former Portuguese gold coin
[C18: from Portuguese moeda de ouro: money of gold]
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English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georges, and Louises, doubloons and double guineas and moidores and sequins, the pictures of all the kings of Europe for the last hundred years, strange Oriental pieces stamped with what looked like wisps of string or bits of spider's web, round pieces and square pieces, and pieces bored through the middle, as if to wear them round your neck--nearly every variety of money in the world must, I think, have found a place in that collection; and for number, I am sure they were like autumn leaves, so that my back ached with stooping and my fingers with sorting them out.
My partner, however, remembering that I had given five hundred moidores to the prior of the monastery of the Augustines, and two hundred and seventy-two to the poor, went to the monastery, and obliged the prior that then was to go to the governor, and get leave for me personally, with the captain and one more, besides eight seamen, to come on shore, and no more; and this upon condition, absolutely capitulated for, that we should not offer to land any goods out of the ship, or to carry any person away without licence.
Though he knew not that I had the least design of giving him anything, he sent me on board a present of fresh provisions, wine, and sweetmeats, worth about thirty moidores, including some tobacco, and three or four fine medals of gold: but I was even with him in my present, which, as I have said, consisted of fine broadcloth, English stuffs, lace, and fine holland; also, I delivered him about the value of one hundred pounds sterling in the same goods, for other uses; and I obliged him to set up the sloop, which I had brought with me from England, as I have said, for the use of my colony, in order to send the refreshments I intended to my plantation.
I have seen doubloons before now in my voyagings; your doubloons of old Spain, your doubloons of Peru, your doubloons of Chili, your doubloons of Bolivia, your doubloons of Popayan; with plenty of gold moidores and pistoles, and joes, and half joes, and quarter joes.
Here is Bill Jukes, every inch of him tattooed, the same Bill Jukes who got six dozen on the WALRUS from Flint before he would drop the bag of moidores [Portuguese gold pieces]; and Cookson, said to be Black Murphy's brother (but this was never proved), and Gentleman Starkey, once an usher in a public school and still dainty in his ways of killing; and Skylights (Morgan's Skylights); and the Irish bo'sun Smee, an oddly genial man who stabbed, so to speak, without offence, and was the only Non-conformist in Hook's crew; and Noodler, whose hands were fixed on backwards; and Robt.
Whether Achmet the merchant lived or died was a thing as light as air to me, but at the talk about the treasure my heart turned to it, and I thought of what I might do in the old country with it, and how my folk would stare when they saw their ne'er-do-well coming back with his pockets full of gold moidores.
30 (2m 3f 120yds, PS4,000 added): 1 CHASE END CHARLIE (IRE) (R Johnson) 9-2; 2 AMI DESBOIS (FR) 2-1Fav; 3 MOIDORE 7-1.
Adam Pogson, rider of Moidore He's got his ground for the first time - it's been too quick for him in his three runs for us.
The horse that ticks all these boxes and more is MOIDORE, who has the added insurance of having won on soft ground as well as good to firm.
I prefer Quinn's other runner Moidore who was a respectable 10th in the race last year.
North Yorkshire-based trainer John Quinn has managed to thrive in both spheres and Moidore can give him another big success on the level at Headquarters today.
QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Hat-making; 2 Parkinson's disease; 3 Crossing the street without regard for traffic; 4 Yeast extract; 5 Moidore.