j. motley

Motley

[mot-lee]
noun
John Lothrop [loh-thruhp] , 1814–77, U.S. historian and diplomat.
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motley (ˈmɒtlɪ)
 
adj
1.  made up of elements of varying type, quality, etc
2.  multicoloured
 
n
3.  a motley collection or mixture
4.  the particoloured attire of a jester
5.  obsolete a jester
 
[C14: perhaps from mot speck, mote1]

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motley
late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. motteley, probably from O.E. mot "speck" (see mote). "Diversified in color," especially of a fool's dress. Hence, allusively, "a fool" (1600).
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