or mott


noun Chiefly Southwestern U.S.

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

Origin of motte

1830–40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish mata; Spanish: grove, plantation, perhaps < Late Latin matta mat1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for motte



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

Word Origin for motte

C14: see moat
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