A mora (plural morae or moras; often symbolized μ) is a unit in phonology that describes syllable weight, which in some languages determines stress or timing. A mora is a sound which comes after a short pause in a syllable. The term comes from the Latin word for "linger, delay", which was also used to translate the Greek word chronos (time) in its metrical sense. Monomoraic syllables have one mora, bimoraic syllables have two, and trimoraic syllables have three, although the latter is relatively rare.
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