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maumet

[ maw-mit ]
/ ˈmɔ mɪt /
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noun
British Dialect.
  1. a doll, puppet, scarecrow, or other figure built to resemble a human being.
  2. an empty-headed or mindless person.
Obsolete. an idol; a false god.
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Also mam·met [mam-it] /ˈmæm ɪt/ .

Origin of maumet

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Old French mahommet “idol,” special use of Mahommet, the Arab prophet Muhammad, whose image was mistakenly thought to be an object of worship

OTHER WORDS FROM maumet

mau·met·ry, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for maumet

maumet

mammet (ˈmæmɪt)

/ (ˈmɔːmɪt) /

noun
obsolete a false god; idol
English dialect a figure dressed up, such as a guy or scarecrow

Derived forms of maumet

maumetry, noun

Word Origin for maumet

C13: from Old French mahomet idol, literally: the prophet Mohammed, from the belief that his image was worshipped
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