What Does Motte Mean?


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The word "motte" also written as "mott" and pronounced as "mot" is a noun widely used in parts of Texas. The word refers to a small stand or copse of trees on a prairie. The word "motte" in this particular sense is taken from the American Spanish word "mata" taken from the Spanish word for shrub, and is believed to have been derived from the Late Latin word "matta".

There is an alternate word "motte" spelt and pronounced as the former used in the northern parts of the Southern United States. This word refers to a tuft of animal or human hair that is standing up on the body or head. In this sense the word was taken from the French and derived from the Old French word "mote" meaning mound.

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