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mort1

[mawrt] /mɔrt/
noun
1.
Hunting. the note played on a hunting horn signifying that the animal hunted has been killed.
2.
Obsolete. death.
Origin of mort1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin mort- (stem of mors) death

mort2

[mawrt] /mɔrt/
noun
1.
a three-year-old salmon.
Origin
First recorded in 1520-30; origin uncertain

mort3

[mawrt] /mɔrt/
noun, British Dialect.
1.
lard.
Origin
First recorded in 1600-10; origin uncertain

Mort

[mawrt] /mɔrt/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Mortimer or Morton.

à la mort

[a la mawr] /a la ˈmɔr/ French.
adjective
1.
mortally ill.
2.
melancholy; dispirited.
adverb
3.
grievously; fatally.
Origin
literally, to the death
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mort1

/mɔːt/
noun
1.
a call blown on a hunting horn to signify the death of the animal hunted
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Latin mors death

mort2

/mɔːt/
noun
1.
a great deal; a great many
Word Origin
possibly a shortened form of mortal used as an intensifier
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Word Origin and History for mort
n.1

"girl, woman" (especially one of loose morals), 1560s, canting jargon, of unknown origin.

n.2

note sounded on a horn at the death of the quarry, c.1500, from French mort "dead," from Latin mortem (source of Spanish muerte, Italian morte), accusative of mors "death" (see mortal (adj.)). Or from French mort "dead," from Vulgar Latin *mortus, from Latin mortuus.

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