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motte

[mot] /mɒt/
noun, Chiefly Southwestern U.S.
1.
a grove or clump of trees in prairie land or open country.
Also, mott.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish mata; Spanish: grove, plantation, perhaps < Late Latin matta mat1
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Examples from the web for motte
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for motte

motte

/mɒt/
noun
1.
(history) a natural or man-made mound on which a castle was erected
Word Origin
C14: see moat
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