Motte meaning

mŏt
A copse or small stand of trees on a prairie.
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A flat-topped mound of earth, often made artificially in the Middle Ages, on which was built a wooden or stone defensive structure.
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(southwest) A small grove of trees.
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(US, dialect) A clump of trees in a prairie.
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Origin of motte

  • American Spanish mata from Spanish shrub probably from Late Latin matta mat mat1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French from Old French mote mound moat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French motte (“mound, hillcock").

    From Wiktionary