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motte 1

also mott  (mŏt)
n. Texas
A copse or small stand of trees on a prairie.

[American Spanish mata, from Spanish, shrub, probably from Late Latin matta, mat; see mat1.]

motte 2

A flat-topped mound of earth, often made artificially in the Middle Ages, on which was built a wooden or stone defensive structure.

[From French, from Old French mote, mound; see moat.]


(Historical Terms) history a natural or man-made mound on which a castle was erected
[C14: see moat]


a mound surmounted by a tower, which together with a bailey comprised an early Norman castle.
[1885–90; < French: mound; see moat]
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Public access to the top of Ha'Hill remains, through a kissing gate on the western side of the motte, but visitors are asked to keep dogs under control in and around the area.
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In this splendidly well-informed, thought-provoking, and readable book, Warren Motte continues the exploration of the (post)modern French novel that he undertook in such exemplary works as Play-texts: Ludics in Contemporary Literature, Small Worlds: Minimalism in Contemporary French Literature, and Fables of the Novel: French Fiction Since 1990.