noun Chiefly Southwestern U.S.
a grove or clump of trees in prairie land or open country.
Also, mott.

1830–40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish mata; Spanish: grove, plantation, perhaps < Late Latin matta mat1 Unabridged
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motte (mɒt)
history a natural or man-made mound on which a castle was erected
[C14: see moat]

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Earlier versions of concentric castle design included a motte and an enclosed bailey serving as a line of defense.
In motte and bailey castles, the keep typically surmounted the motte.
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