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Moor may refer to:

Ethnicity

  • Moors, people of North Africa and Al-Andalus
  • Sri Lankan Moor, a minority ethnic group of Sri Lanka
  • Marakkar, a Muslim minority ethnic group of India

Places

  • Marsh, a type of wetland which is subject to frequent or continuous flood
  • Moorland, a type of habitat found in upland areas that is characterized by low growing vegetation on acidic soils
  • Moor Copse Nature Reserve, a nature reserve in the civil parish of Tidmarsh with Sulham in the English county of Berkshire
  • Moor Crichel, a village in southwest England, situated on the Cranborne Chase plateau, five miles east of Blandford Forum
  • Moor Grange, a housing estate in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, which was built in the 1950s
  • Moor Island, one of the uninhabited Canadian Arctic Archipelago islands in Kivalliq Region, Nunavut
  • Mór, which is spelled "Moor" in German, a town in Fejér county, Hungary

Other

  • Black Moor, a variety of fancy goldfish that has a characteristic pair of protruding eyes
  • Moor frog, a slim, reddish-brown, semi-aquatic amphibian native to Europe and Asia
  • Mooring (watercraft), securely holding a boat to a riverbank, pier or towpath, or a device used for that purpose
  • The Moor (novel), the fourth book in Mary Russell detective series by Laurie R. King.

See also


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

MOOR. (1) A heath, an unenclosed stretch of waste or uncultivated land, covered with heather; also such a heath preserved for game-shooting, particularly for the shooting of grouse. The O. Eng. rnor, bog, moor, is represented in other Teutonic languages; cf. Dan. mor, Ger. Moor, O. Du. moer, &c.; from an O. Du. adjectival form moerasch comes Eng. morass, a bog. Probably mere, marsh, are not to be connected with these words. (2) The verb "to moor," to fasten a ship or boat to the shore, to another vessel, or to an anchor or buoy, by cables, &c., is probably from the root seen in mod. Du. meren, which also gives the English nautical term "marline," small strands of rope used for lashings or seizings, and "marline-spike," a small iron tool for separating the strands of rope, &c.


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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Etymology

French More, Maure; from the Latin Maurus, a Moor, meaning a Mauritanian, an inhabitant of Mauritania. Webster 1913 also says: Greek Μαῦρος; confer μαῦρος black, dark. Confer {Morris} a dance, {Morocco}. Morris dance is from the Middle English moreys daunce, “Moorish dance”. The Moroccan connection is doubtful, as Morocco is from Marrakech, itself from the Berber murt 'n akush, “the country of God”.

Noun

Singular
Moor

Plural
Moors

Moor (plural Moors)

  1. (historical) A member of an ancient Berber people from Numidia.
  2. (historical) A member of an Islamic people of Arab or Berber origin ruling Spain and parts of North Africa from the 8th to the 15th centuries.
  3. (archaic) A Muslim or a person from the Middle East or Africa.
  4. (dated) A person of mixed Arab and Berber ancestry inhabiting the Mediterranean coastline of northwest Africa.
  5. A person of an ethnic group speaking the Hassaniya language, mainly inhabiting Western Sahara, Mauritania, and parts of neighbouring countries (Morocco, Mali, Senegal etc.).

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German

Noun

Moor n (Plural: Moore)

  1. moor (wasteland)

Simple English

The word Moors has been used to describe several groups of Muslim people many hundreds of years ago. There were Black African and Arab moors from North Africa. Many of them came to what is now Spain and Portugal. They had a very big influence on the culture of these countries. Othello is a Moor, in fact he is the Moor of Venice. One might say he is moorish.


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