moor


moor
{{11}}moor (n.) "waste ground," O.E. mor "morass, swamp," from P.Gmc. *mora- (Cf. O.S., M.Du. Du. meer "swamp," O.H.G. muor "swamp," also "sea," Ger. Moor "moor," O.N. mörr "moorland," marr "sea"), perhaps related to MERE (Cf. mere) (2), or from root *mer- "to die," hence "dead land."
The basic sense in place names is 'marsh', a kind of low-lying wetland possibly regarded as less fertile than mersc 'marsh.' The development of the senses 'dry heathland, barren upland' is not fully accounted for but may be due to the idea of infertility. [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]
{{12}}moor (v.) "to fasten (a vessel) by a cable," late 15c., probably related to O.E. mærels "mooring rope," via unrecorded *mærian "to moor," or possibly borrowed from M.L.G. moren or M.Du. maren "to moor," from W.Gmc. *mairojan. Related: Moored, MOORING (Cf. mooring). French amarrer is from Dutch.

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