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A.Word.A.Day--mora

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mora (MOR-uh) noun

The unit of time equivalent to the ordinary or normal short sound or syllable.

[Latin, delay, hence, space of time.]

"I was only able to identify a small number of cases where the number of mora on each section of the proverb is identical." Tae-Sang Jang, A Poetic Structure in Hausa Proverbs Relevancy, Research in African Literatures, Apr 15, 1999.

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