moorish

See also: Moorish and moreish

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From moor +‎ -ish.

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AdjectiveEdit

moorish (comparative more moorish, superlative most moorish)

  1. (now rare) Of ground, soil etc: boggy, marshy. [from 15th c.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970:
      , I.iii.3:
      [G]low-worms, fire-drakes, meteors, ignis fatuus [] with many such that appear in moorish grounds, about churchyards, moist valleys, or where battles have been fought [] .
  2. Pertaining to a moor; abounding in moorland. [from 16th c.]
    • 1791, James Boswell, Life of Johnson, Oxford 2008, p. 880:
      He recommended to me to plant a considerable part of a large moorish farm which I had purchased, and he made several calculations of the expence and profit: for he delighted in exercising his mind on the science of numbers.

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