1 [moht]
a small particle or speck, especially of dust.

before 1000; Middle English, Old English mot speck; cognate with Dutch mot grit, sawdust, Norwegian mutt speck

motey, adjective Unabridged


2 [moht]
verb, past moste [mohst] . Archaic.
may or might.

before 900; Middle English mot(e), Old English mōt; cognate with German muss. See must1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
mote1 (məʊt)
a tiny speck
[Old English mot; compare Middle Dutch mot grit, Norwegian mutt speck]

mote2 (məʊt)
vb , past moste
archaic (takes an infinitive without to) may or might
[Old English mōt, first person singular present tense of mōtan to be allowed]

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Word Origin & History

"particle of dust," O.E. mot, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Du. mot "dust from turf, sawdust, grit." Many references are to Matt. vii.3.
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Bible Dictionary

Mote definition

(Gr. karphos, something dry, hence a particle of wood or chaff, etc.). A slight moral defect is likened to a mote (Matt. 7:3-5; Luke 6:41, 42).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
These deep-space motes are so small, however, that even advanced microscopes
  have trouble finding them in the aerogel.
At a time when technologies no larger than dust motes are reshaping the planet,
  this strange wrecking yard is morbidly compelling.
The air smelled caustic and snowed flurrying motes of ash.
As the goop which helps hold dust motes together to make bigger conglomerates.
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