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motte

or mott

[ mot ]
/ mɒt /
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noun Chiefly Southwestern U.S.

a grove or clump of trees in prairie land or open country.

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Origin of motte

An Americanism first recorded in 1830–40; from Mexican Spanish mata; Spanish: “grove, plantation,” perhaps from Late Latin matta mat1
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British Dictionary definitions for motte

motte
/ (mɒt) /

noun

history a natural or man-made mound on which a castle was erected

Word Origin for motte

C14: see moat
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