I. noun Etymology: Middle English mor, from Old English mōr; akin to Old High German muor moor Date: before 12th century 1. chiefly British an expanse of open rolling infertile land 2. a boggy area; especially one that is peaty and dominated by grasses and sedges II. verb Etymology: Middle English moren; akin to Middle Dutch meren, maren to tie, moor Date: 15th century transitive verb to make fast with or as if with cables, lines, or anchors ; anchor intransitive verb 1. to secure a boat by mooring ; anchor 2. to be made fast

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  • Moor — Moor: Das im 17. Jh. aus dem Niederd. ins Hochd. übernommene Wort geht zurück auf mnd., asächs. mōr »Sumpf‹land›«, vgl. ahd. muor »Moor«, niederl. moer »Moor«, engl. moor »Moor, Heideland«. Dieses westgerm. Substantiv gehört zu der Wortgruppe… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Moor — Sn std. (17. Jh.) Stammwort. In die Hochsprache gelangt aus ndd. mōr. Dieses aus mndd. mōr, as. mōr, vgl. mndl. moor aus g. * mōra m./n. Moor , auch in ahd. muor m./n., ae. mōr m., anord. mœrr f. Sumpfland . Das Wort ist wohl eine (morphologisch… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • moor — moor1 [moor] n. [ME more < OE mor, wasteland, akin to LowG mor < IE base * mori , sea > MARSH, MERE2, L mare, sea: basic sense “swampy coastland”] Brit. 1. a tract of open, rolling wasteland, usually covered with heather and often marshy …   English World dictionary

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