Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Moron noun (Pedagogy) A person whose intellectual development proceeds normally up to about the eighth year of age and is then arrested so that there is little or no further development.

Moron noun ; Spanish plural Morones . [ Spanish ] An inferior olive size having a woody pulp and a large clingstone pit, growing in the mountainous and high-valley districts around the city of Moron, in Spain.

Morone (mo*rōn") noun Maroon; the color of an unripe black mulberry.

Moros noun plural ; sing. Moro [ Spanish , plural of Moro Moor.] (Ethnol.) The Mohammedan tribes of the southern Philippine Islands, said to have formerly migrated from Borneo. Some of them are warlike and addicted to piracy.

Morosaurus noun [ New Latin , from Greek mw^ros stupid + sau^ros lizard.] (Paleon.) An extinct genus of large herbivorous dinosaurs, found in Jurassic strata in America.

Morose (mo*rōs") adjective [ Latin morosus , prop., excessively addicted to any particular way or habit, from mos , moris , manner, habit, way of life: confer French morose .]
1. Of a sour temper; sullen and austere; ill-humored; severe. "A morose and affected taciturnity." I. Watts.

2. Lascivious; brooding over evil thoughts. [ Obsolete]

Syn. -- Sullen; gruff; severe; austere; gloomy; crabbed; crusty; churlish; surly; ill-humored.

Morosely adverb Sourly; with sullen austerity.

Moroseness noun Sourness of temper; sulenness.

Learn good humor, never to oppose without just reason; abate some degrees of pride and moroseness .
I. Watts.

» 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 .

Morosis (mo*rō"sĭs) noun [ New Latin , from Greek mw`rwsis , from mw^ros silly, foolish.] (Medicine) Idiocy; fatuity; stupidity.

Morosity noun [ Latin morositas : confer French morosité .] Moroseness. [ R.] Jer. Taylor.

Morosoph noun [ Greek mo^ros foolish + sofo`s wise.] A philosophical or learned fool. [ Obsolete]

Morosous adjective Morose. [ Obsolete] Sheldon.

Moroxite noun [ Confer Greek ..., ..., a sort of pipe clay.] (Min.) A variety of apatite of a greenish blue color.

Moroxylate noun (Chemistry) A morate.

Moroxylic adjective [ Latin morus a mulberry tree + Greek ... wood.] (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, the mulberry; moric.

Morphean adjective Of or relating to Morpheus, to dreams, or to sleep. Keats.

Morpheus (môr"fūs or môr"fe*ŭs) noun [ Latin , from Greek Morfey`s prop., the fashioner or molder, because of the shapes he calls up before the sleeper, from morfh` form, shape.] (Class. Myth.) The god of dreams.

Morphew noun [ French morpheé , Late Latin morphea ; confer Italian morfea .] A scurfy eruption. [ Obsolete] Drayton.

Morphew transitive verb To cover with a morphew. [ Obsolete]

Morphia noun [ New Latin ] (Chemistry) Morphine.

Morphine noun [ From Morpheus: confer French morphine .] (Chemistry) A bitter white crystalline alkaloid found in opium, possessing strong narcotic properties, and much used as an anodyne; -- called also morphia , and morphina .

Morphinism noun (Medicine) A morbid condition produced by the excessive or prolonged use of morphine.

Morpho noun [ New Latin , from Greek ..., an epithet of Venus.] (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of large, handsome, tropical American butterflies, of the genus Morpho . They are noted for the very brilliant metallic luster and bright colors (often blue) of the upper surface of the wings. The lower surface is usually brown or gray, with eyelike spots.

Morphogeny noun [ form + root of ... to be born.] (Biol.) History of the evolution of forms; that part of ontogeny that deals with the germ history of forms; -- distinguished from physiogeny . Haeckel.

Morphologic, Morphological adjective [ Confer French morphologique .] (Biol.) Of, pertaining to, or according to, the principles of morphology. -- Mor`pho*log"ic*al*ly , adverb

Morphologist noun (Biol.) One who is versed in the science of morphology.

Morphology noun [ Greek ... form + -logy : confer French morphologie .] (Biol.) That branch of biology which deals with the structure of animals and plants, treating of the forms of organs and describing their varieties, homologies, and metamorphoses. See Tectology , and Promorphology .

Morphon noun [ Greek ..., present participle of ... to form.] (Biol.) A morphological individual, characterized by definiteness of form, in distinction from bion , a physiological individual. See Tectology . Haeckel.

» Of morphons there are six orders or categories: 1. Plastids or elementary organisms. 2. Organs, homoplastic or heteroplastic. 3. Antimeres (opposite or symmetrical or homotypic parts). 4. Metameres (successive or homodynamous parts). 5. Personæ (shoots or buds of plants, individuals in the narrowest sense among the higher animals). 6. Corms (stocks or colonies). For orders 2, 3, and 4 the term idorgan has been recently substituted. See Idorgan .

Morphonomy noun [ Greek ... form + ... a law.] (Biol.) The laws of organic formation.

Morphophyly noun [ Greek ... form + ... a clan.] (Biol.) The tribal history of forms; that part of phylogeny which treats of the tribal history of forms, in distinction from the tribal history of functions. Haeckel.

Morphosis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... form, from ... form.] (Biol.) The order or mode of development of an organ or part.

Morphotic adjective [ Greek ... fit for forming.] (Physiol.) Connected with, or becoming an integral part of, a living unit or of the morphological framework; as, morphotic , or tissue, proteids. Foster.

Morpion noun [ French, from mordre to bite + Latin pedis louse.] (Zoology) A louse. Hudibras.

Morrice noun Same as 1st Morris .

Morrice adjective Dancing the morrice; dancing.

In shoals and bands, a morrice train.
Wordsworth.

Morricer noun A morris dancer. [ Obsolete]

Morrimal noun & adjective See Mormal .

Morris noun [ Spanish morisco Moorish, from Moro a Moor: confer French moresque , Italian moresca .]
1. A Moorish dance, usually performed by a single dancer, who accompanies the dance with castanets.

2. A dance formerly common in England, often performed in pagenats, processions, and May games. The dancers, grotesquely dressed and ornamented, took the parts of Robin Hood, Maidmarian, and other fictitious characters.

3. An old game played with counters, or men, which are placed at the angles of a figure drawn on a board or on the ground; also, the board or ground on which the game is played.

The nine-men's morris is filled up with mud.
Shak.

» The figure consists of three concentric squares, with lines from the angles of the outer one to those of the inner, and from the middle of each side of the outer square to that of the inner. The game is played by two persons with nine or twelve pieces each (hence called nine-men's morris or twelve-men's morris ). The pieces are placed alternately, and each player endeavors to prevent his opponent from making a straight row of three. Should either succeed in making a row, he may take up one of his opponent's pieces, and he who takes off all of his opponent's pieces wins the game.

Morris noun [ So called from its discoverer.] (Zoology) A marine fish having a very slender, flat, transparent body. It is now generally believed to be the young of the conger eel or some allied fish.

Morris-chair noun [ Prob. from the proper name Morris .] A kind of easy-chair with a back which may be lowered or raised.

Morris-pike noun A Moorish pike. [ Obsolete]

Morro noun [ Spanish , any spherical object.] A round hill or point of land; hence, Morro castle , a castle on a hill.

Morrot noun (Zoology) See Marrot .

Morrow noun [ Middle English morwe , morwen , Anglo-Saxon morgen . See Morn .]
1. Morning. [ Obsolete] "White as morrow's milk." Bp. Hall.

We loved he by the morwe a sop in wine.
Chaucer.

2. The next following day; the day subsequent to any day specified or understood. Lev. vii. 16.

Till this stormy night is gone,
And the eternal morrow dawn.
Crashaw.

3. The day following the present; to- morrow.

Good morrow , good morning; -- a form of salutation. -- To morrow . See To- morrow in the Vocabulary.

Morse noun [ French morse , Russian morj' ; perhaps akin to English mere lake; confer Russian more sea.] (Zoology) The walrus. See Walrus .

Morse noun [ Latin morsus a biting, a clasp, from mordere to bite.] A clasp for fastening garments in front. Fairholt.

Morse alphabet A telegraphic alphabet in very general use, inventing by Samuel F.B.Morse, the inventor of Morse's telegraph. The letters are represented by dots and dashes impressed or printed on paper, as, .- (A), - . . . (B), -.. (D), . (E), .. (O), . . . (R), -- (T), etc., or by sounds, flashes of light, etc., with greater or less intervals between them.

Morse code (Teleg.) The telegraphic code, consisting of dots, dashes, and spaces, invented by Samuel B. Morse . The Alphabetic code which is in use in North America is given below. In length, or duration, one dash is theoretically equal to three dots; the space between the elements of a letter is equal to one dot; the interval in spaced letters, as O . ., is equal to three dots. There are no spaces in any letter composed wholly or in part of dashes.

Alphabet
 A .- H .... O . . V ...-

B - . . . I .. P ..... W .--

C .. . J -.-. Q ..-. X .-..

D -.. K -.- R . .. Y .. ..

E . L — S ... Z ... .

F .-. M -- T -- & . ...

G --. N -. U ..-

Numerals

1 .--. 4 . . . .- 7 --..

2 ..-.. 5 --- 8 - . . . .

3 . . . -. 6 . . . . . . 9 -..-

0 ---- Period ..--.. Comma .-.-

The International (Morse) code used elsewhere is the same as the above with the following exceptions.

C -.-. L .-.. Q --.- Y -.--

F ..-. O --- R .-. Z --..

J .--- P .--. X -..-
The Morse code is used chiefly with the electric telegraph, but is also employed in signalling with flags, lights, etc.

Morsel noun [ Old French morsel , French morceau , Late Latin morsellus , a dim. from Latin morsus a biting, bite, from mordere to bite; probably akin to English smart . See Smart , and confer Morceau , Mordant , Muse , v. , Muzzle , noun ]
1. A little bite or bit of food. Chaucer.

Every morsel to a satisfied hunger is only a new labor to a tired digestion.
South.

2. A small quantity; a little piece; a fragment.