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.

Nearby words

  1. motril,
  2. motrin,
  3. motser,
  4. mott,
  5. mott, lucretia coffin,
  6. mottelson,
  7. mottle,
  8. mottled,
  9. mottled enamel,
  10. motto

Origin of motte

1830–40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish mata; Spanish: grove, plantation, perhaps < 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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