Dictionary: MOR'I-ON – MOR'RICE, or MOR'RIS

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MOR'I-ON, n. [Fr.; from It. morione.]

Armor for the head; a helmet or casque to defend the head. Ralegh. Dryden.

MO-RIS'CO, or MO'RISK, n. [from Moor.]

A dance, or a dancer of the morris or Moorish dance. [See Morris.] Shak.

MOR'KIN, n. [Sw. murken, putrefied; or Fr. mort, L. mortuus, dead, and kin, kind.]

Among hunters, a beast that has died by sickness or mischance. Bailey.

MOR'LAND, or MORE-LAND, n. [Moorland, – which see.]

MOR'LING, or MORT'LING, n. [Fr. mort, dead.]

Wool plucked from a dead sheep. Ainsworth.

MOR'MO, n. [Gr. μορμω.]

A bugbear; false terror. Johnson.

MORN, n. [Sax. marne, margene, mergen, morgen, Dan. D. and G. morgen, Sw. morgon, morn, morning or morrow. In W. mory, Ir. marach is morrow; Scot. morn or morne, morrow. In Goth. meryan signifies to publish, that is, to open or throw forth; Orient. אמר. In Russ. morgayu signifies to wink or twinkle; Ice. morgnar, to grow light.]

The first part of the day; the morning; a word used chiefly in poetry. And blooming peace shall ever bless thy morn. Prior.


Pertaining to the first part or early part of the day; being in the early part of the day; as, morning dew; morning light; morning service. She looks as clear / As morning roses newly washed with, dew. Shak.

MORN'ING, n. [Sax. margene, morgen. See Morn.]

  1. The first part of the day, beginning at twelve o'clock at night and extending to twelve at noon. Thus we say, a star rises at one o'clock in the morning. In a more limited sense, morning is the time beginning an hour or two before sunrise, or at break of day, and extending to the hour of breakfast and of beginning the labors of the day. Among men of business in large cities, the morning extends to the hour of dining.
  2. The first or early part. In the morning of life, devote yourself to the service of the Most High. J. Clarke.


A gown worn in the morning before one is formally dressed. Addison.


The planet Venus, when it precedes the sun in rising, and shines in the morning.


A fine kind of leather; leather dressed in a particular manner; said to be borrowed from the Moors.

MO-ROSE, a. [L. morosus; It. and Sp. moroso, slow, tardy. In Portuguese, moroso signifies dwelling on lewd thoughts; morosidade, the act of dwelling on such thoughts. Morose then is from the root of L. moror, to delay, stop, hinder, whence commoror, to dwell, Fr. demeurer, Eng. demur. The customary sense then is derived from the gloomy, sullen temper formed by habitually fixing the thoughts on some object.]

Of a sour temper; severe; sullen and austere. Some have deserved censure for a morose and affected taciturnity; others have made speeches though they had nothing to say. Watts.

MO-ROSE-LY, adv.

Sourly; with sullen austerity.


Sourness of temper; sullenness. Moroseness is not precisely peevishness or fretfulness, though often accompanied with it. It denotes more of silence and severity or ill humor, than the irritability or irritation which characterizes peevishness. Learn good humor, never to oppose without just reason; abate some degrees of pride and moroseness. Watts.


Moroseness. [Not used.] Shak.

MO'ROX-ITE, n. [L. morus, a mulberry tree.]

A variety of native phosphate of lime, of a mulberry color.


Moroxylic acid, a vegetable acid obtained from a saline exsudation from the Morus alba or white mulberry.


In mythology, the god of dreams.

MOR'PHEW, n. [It. morfea.]

A scurf on the face.


t To cover with scurf. Bp. Hall.

MOR'PHI-NA, or MOR'PHI-A, n. [or MOR'PHINE; Gr. μορφεὺς, the god of sleep.]

A vegetable alkaloid, extracted from opium, of which it constitutes one of the narcotic principles. Bigelow. Ure.


Pertaining to morphology.

MOR-PHOL'O-GY, a. [Gr. μορφη and λογος.]

In botany, a treatise or description of the metamorphosis of organs.

MOR'RICE, or MOR'RIS, n. [or MOR'RIS-DANCE; Fr. moresque; from Moor.]

A Moorish dance; a dance in imitation of the Moors, as, sarabands, chacons, &c., usually performed with castanets, tambors, &c., by young men in their shirts, with bells at their feet and ribins of various colors tied round their arms and flung across their shoulders. Encyc. Nine men's morrice, a kind of play with nine holes in the ground. Shak.