Moorish architecture, the style developed by the Moors in the later Middle Ages, esp. in Spain, in which the arch had the form of a horseshoe, and the ornamentation admitted no representation of animal life. It has many points of resemblance to the Arabian and Persian styles, but should be distinguished from them. See Illust. under Moresque.

(Moor"land) n. [AS. morland.] Land consisting of a moor or moors.

(Moor"pan`) n. [Cf. Hard pan, under Hard.] A clayey layer or pan underlying some moors, etc.

(Moor"stone`) n. A species of English granite, used as a building stone.

(||Moo"ruk) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) A species of cassowary (Casuarius Bennetti) found in New Britain, and noted for its agility in running and leaping. It is smaller and has stouter legs than the common cassowary. Its crest is bilobed; the neck and breast are black; the back, rufous mixed with black; and the naked skin of the neck, blue.

(Moor"y) a. Of or pertaining to moors; marshy; fenny; boggy; moorish. Mortimer.

As when thick mists arise from moory vales.

(Moor"y), n. A kind of blue cloth made in India. Balfour

(Moose) n. [A native name; Knisteneaux mouswah; Algonquin monse. Mackenzie.] (Zoöl.) A large cervine mammal native of the Northern United States and Canada. The adult male is about as large as a horse, and has very large, palmate antlers. It closely resembles the European elk, and by many zoölogists is considered the same species. See Elk.

Moose bird(Zoöl.), the Canada jayor whisky jack. See Whisky jack.Moose deer. Same as Moose.Moose yard(Zoöl.), a locality where moose, in winter, herd together in a forest to feed and for mutual protection.

(Moose"wood`) n. (Bot.) (a) The striped maple (Acer Pennsylvanicum). (b) Leatherwood.

(Moot) v. See 1st Mot. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Moot) n. (Shipbuilding) A ring for gauging wooden pins.

(Moot), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mooted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mooting.] [OE. moten, motien, AS. motan to meet or assemble for conversation, to discuss, dispute, fr. mot, gemot, a meeting, an assembly; akin to Icel. mot, MHG. muoz. Cf. Meet to come together.]

1. To argue for and against; to debate; to discuss; to propose for discussion.

A problem which hardly has been mentioned, much less mooted, in this country.
Sir W. Hamilton.

2. Specifically: To discuss by way of exercise; to argue for practice; to propound and discuss in a mock court.

First a case is appointed to be mooted by certain young men, containing some doubtful controversy.
Sir T. Elyot.

(Moor"ish), a. [See 1st Moor, and cf. Morris, Moresque.] Of or pertaining to Morocco or the Moors; in the style of the Moors.

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