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mascot

[mas-kot, -kuh t] /ˈmæs kɒt, -kət/
noun
1.
an animal, person, or thing adopted by a group as its representative symbol and supposed to bring good luck:
The U.S. Navy mascot is a goat.
Origin of mascot
1880-1885
1880-85; < French mascotte < Provençal mascoto talisman, charm, derivative of masco sorceress. See mask
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mascot

/ˈmæskət/
noun
1.
a person, animal, or thing considered to bring good luck
Word Origin
C19: from French mascotte, from Provençal mascotto charm, from masco witch
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Word Origin and History for mascot
n.

"talisman, charm," 1881, from provincial French mascotte "sorcerer's charm, 'faerie friend,' good luck piece" (19c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from or related to Provençal mascoto "sorcery, fetish" (cf. Narbonnese manuscript, 1233, mascotto "procuress, enchantment, bewitchment in gambling"), from masco "witch," from Old Provençal masca, itself of unknown origin, perhaps from Medieval Latin masca "mask, specter, nightmare" (see mask (n.)). Popularized by French composer Edmond Audran's 1880 comic operetta "La Mascotte," about a household "fairy" who gives luck to an Italian peasant, performed in a toned-down translation in England from fall 1881.

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Modular Approach to Software Construction Operation and Test: a method for software design aimed at real-time embedded systems from the Royal Signals and Research Establishment, UK.

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