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motte

Class:

noun

Etymology:

American Spanish mata, from Spanish, shrub, probably from Late Latin matta, mat;...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Motte-and-bailey castle

a fortification with a wooden or stone keep situated on a raised earthwork called a motte, accompanied by an enclosed courtyard, or bailey, surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade. Relatively easy to build with unskilled, often forced labour, but... (40 of 6143 words, 14 images)

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Motte (disambiguation)

may be: Motte-and-bailey, a type of construction used in castles | Isaac Motte, an 18th-century American statesman | La Motte (disambiguation), various places with this name | Platzer Motte, a German parasol-wing aircraft design | Mote (disambiguation)... (33 of 92 words, 7 definitions)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

motte | mott

[Texas] A copse or small stand of trees on a prairie. | [upper-southern United States] A tuft of human or animal hair standing up on the head or body. (28 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 1 image)

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New World Dictionary:

motte [United States, southwestern United States]

a small grove of trees (5 of 17 words, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

motte [history]

a natural or man-made mound on which a castle was erected (11 of 260 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

motte | mott

Syllabification: (motte) | a stand of trees, especially in the southwestern United States; a grove. | [historical] : a mound forming the site of a ... (23 of 59 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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motte [historical]

a mound forming the site of a castle or camp (10 of 41 words, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

motte | mound [synonym] | hill [synonym]

"mound", "hill" ; especially, a hill serving as a site for a Norman castle in Britain (16 of 33 words, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

motte | mottes [plural]

a raised earth mound, often topped with a wooden or stone structure and surrounded with a ditch | [United States, dialect] A clump of trees in a prairie. (27 of 27 words, 2 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

motte [southwestern United States] | mott

a grove or clump of trees in prairie land or open country. (12 of 21 words, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

motte | mottes [plural]

a mound on which a castle was built (8 of 27 words, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

motte | mott

Origin: American Spanish mata, from Spanish, shrub, probably from Late Latin matta, mat; see "mat" [sense-specific]. | From ... (16 of 22 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

motte | mott

First use: late 19th century

Origin: French, "mound", from Old French mote (see "moat")

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New World Dictionary:

motte [United States, southwestern United States]

Origin: American Spanish mata from Late Latin matta, a cover, "mat"

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Merriam-Webster:

motte

First use: 1884

Origin: French, from Old French mote, motte

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Wiktionary:

motte | mottes [plural]

Origin: Old French motte ("mound, hillcock").

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Collins Dictionary:

motte [history]

First use: 14th century

Origin: see moat

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Encarta Dictionary:

motte

Origin: Old English frencisc from Germanic

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

motte [history]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "motte"

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the Free Dictionary:

motte

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "motte"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "motte"

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Google Dictionary:

motte | mottes [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "motte"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

motte

Audio: North American pronunciation of "motte"

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Motte

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Motte"

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YourDictionary Audio:

motte

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "motte"

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