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moat

[ moht ]
/ moʊt /
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noun

a deep, wide trench, usually filled with water, surrounding the rampart of a fortified place, as a town or a castle.
any similar trench, as one used for confining animals in a zoo.

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Origin of moat

1325–75; Middle English mote<Old French: clod, mound, of obscure origin

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH moat

moat , mote
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British Dictionary definitions for moat

moat
/ (məʊt) /

noun

a wide water-filled ditch surrounding a fortified place, such as a castle

verb

(tr) to surround with or as if with a moata moated grange

Word Origin for moat

C14: from Old French motte mound
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