moors

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Moor \Moor\ (m[=oo]r), noun [F. More, Maure, L. Maurus a Moor, a Mauritanian, an inhabitant of Mauritania, Gr. May^ros; cf. may^ros black, dark. Cf. {Morris} a dance, {Morocco}.]

1. One of a mixed race inhabiting Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripoli, chiefly along the coast and in towns.

2. (Hist.) Any individual of the swarthy races of Africa or Asia which have adopted the Mohammedan religion. "In Spanish history the terms Moors, Saracens, and Arabs are synonymous." --Internat. Cyc.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Moor \Moor\, noun [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.]

1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath.

In her girlish age she kept sheep on the moor. --Carew.

2. A game preserve consisting of moorland.

{Moor buzzard} (Zool.), the marsh harrier. [Prov. Eng.]

{Moor coal} (Geol.), a friable variety of lignite.

{Moor cock} (Zool.), the male of the {moor fowl} or red grouse of Europe.

{Moor coot}. (Zool.) See {Gallinule}.

{Moor game}. (Zool.) Same as {Moor fowl}.

{Moor grass} (Bot.), a tufted perennial grass ({Sesleria caerulea}), found in mountain pastures of Europe.

{Moor hawk} (Zool.), the marsh harrier.

{Moor hen}. (Zool.) (a) The female of the {moor fowl}. (b) A gallinule, esp. the European species. See {Gallinule}. (c) An Australian rail ({Tribonyx ventralis}).

{Moor monkey} (Zool.), the black macaque of Borneo ({Macacus maurus}).

{Moor titling} (Zool.), the European stonechat ({Pratinocola rubicola}).

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Moor \Moor\ (m[=oo]r), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Moored} (m[=oo]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Mooring}.] [Prob. fr. D. marren to tie, fasten, or moor a ship. See {Mar}.]

1. (Naut.) To fix or secure, as a vessel, in a particular place by casting anchor, or by fastening with cables or chains; as, the vessel was moored in the stream; they moored the boat to the wharf.

2. Fig.: To secure, or fix firmly. --Brougham.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Moor \Moor\, verb (used without an object) To cast anchor; to become fast.

On oozy ground his galleys moor. --Dryden.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Moor

noun

1: one of the Muslim people of north Africa; of mixed Arab and Berber descent; converted to Islam in the 8th century; conqueror of Spain in the 8th century

2: open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss [syn: {moor}, {moorland}]

verb

1: secure in or as if in a berth or dock; "tie up the boat" [syn: {moor}, {berth}, {tie up}]

2: come into or dock at a wharf; "the big ship wharfed in the evening" [syn: {moor}, {berth}, {wharf}]

3: secure with cables or ropes; "moor the boat"


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