Definition of Moorish

1. Noun. A style of architecture common in Spain from the 13th to 16th centuries; characterized by horseshoe-shaped arches.

2. Adjective. Relating to or characteristic of the Moors. "Moorish courtyard"
Exact synonyms: Moresque
Partainyms: Moor, Moor

Definition of Moorish

1. a. Having the characteristics of a moor or heath.

2. a. Of or pertaining to Morocco or the Moors; in the style of the Moors.

Definition of Moorish

1. Adjective. of or pertaining to the Moors or their culture ¹

2. Adjective. (architecture) Of or pertaining to a style of Spanish architecture from the time of the Moors, characterized by the horseshoe arch and ornate, geometric decoration ¹

3. Adjective. (rare) Boggy, marshy; like a moor. ¹

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Definition of Moorish

1. marshy [adj] - See also: marshy

Lexicographical Neighbors of Moorish

Moore's law
Moore's lightning streaks
Moore's method
Mooren's ulcer
Moorish (current term)
Moorish Arabic
Moorish arch
Moorish architecture
Moose Jaw
Moosehead Lake

Literary usage of Moorish

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"There are several examples of Moorish construction afforded by some of the ... S. Cristo la Luz is a part of an earlier Moorish structure, and contains a ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Experts have been at variance regarding the style of architecture at San Xavier, some pronouncing it Moorish, others Byzantine, others again describing it ..."

3. History of Spanish Literature by George Ticknor (1863)
"Ballads on Moorish Subjects. — The Moorish ballads form a brilliant and large class by themselves, but none of them are as old as the earliest historical ..."

4. The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim's Progress : Being Some Account of by Mark Twain (1899)
"Moorish guns are not good, and neither are Moorish marksmen. ... However, the Moorish heart is stout. The Moors were always brave. ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"Moorish poets describe it as" a pearl set in emeralds," in allusion to the ... The Moorish portion of the Alhambra resembles many medieval Christian ..."

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