mascot

[ mas-kot, -kuh t ]
/ ˈmæs kɒt, -kət /

noun

an animal, person, or thing adopted by a group as its representative symbol and supposed to bring good luck: The U.S. Navy mascot is a goat.

Origin of mascot

1880–85; < French mascotte < Provençal mascoto talisman, charm, derivative of masco sorceress. See mask
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mascot

/ (ˈmæskət) /

noun

a person, animal, or thing considered to bring good luck

Word Origin for mascot

C19: from French mascotte, from Provençal mascotto charm, from masco witch
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