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mort1

[mawrt]
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noun
  1. Hunting. the note played on a hunting horn signifying that the animal hunted has been killed.
  2. Obsolete. death.
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Origin of mort1

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin mort- (stem of mors) death

mort2

[mawrt]
noun
  1. a three-year-old salmon.
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Origin of mort2

First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain

mort3

[mawrt]
noun British Dialect.
  1. lard.
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Origin of mort3

First recorded in 1600–10; origin uncertain

Mort

[mawrt]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Mortimer or Morton.
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à la mort

[a la mawr]French.
adjective
  1. mortally ill.
  2. melancholy; dispirited.
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adverb
  1. grievously; fatally.
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Origin of à la mort

literally, to the death
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British Dictionary definitions for mort

mort1

noun
  1. a call blown on a hunting horn to signify the death of the animal hunted
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Word Origin

C16: via Old French from Latin mors death

mort2

noun
  1. a great deal; a great many
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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.

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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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