Moor vs African - What's the difference?

moor | african |

As a noun moor

is (historical) a member of an ancient berber people from numidia.

As an adjective african is




Usage notes

(more) is not a homophone in Northern UK accents, while (mooer) is homophonous only in those accents.

Etymology 1

(etyl) . See (m).


(en noun)
  • an extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath
  • A cold, biting wind blew across the moor , and the travellers hastened their step.
  • * Carew
  • In her girlish age she kept sheep on the moor .
  • a game preserve consisting of moorland
  • Derived terms
    * moorland * moortop
    See also
    * bog * marsh * swamp

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To cast anchor or become fastened.
  • (nautical) To fix or secure, as a vessel, in a particular place by casting anchor, or by fastening with cables or chains; as, the vessel was moored in the stream''; ''they moored the boat to the wharf .
  • To secure or fix firmly.
  • african


    Alternative forms

    * Afric


  • Of or pertaining to Africa.
  • Derived terms

    * African elephant * African hemp * African marigold * African oak * African penguin * African teak * African violet * North African * South African


    * Maghrebi * Congolese * Ethiopian * Ugandan * Zimbabwean * Mozambican


    (en noun)
  • A native of Africa; also one ethnologically belonging to an African race.
  • * 2007 , African Immigrant Religions in America (ISBN 0814762409):
  • Africans constitute significantly growing populations not only in major urban centers such as New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and Atlanta but also in small and midsize cities in states such as Ohio and Maine.


    * sub-Saharan, Maghrebi

    Derived terms

    * Africanism