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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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Miki Mottes fully illustrated vegan guide book for the whole family, Simple Happy Kitchen announced its launch on Wednesday on Kickstarter, hoping to raise USD15,000 to bring plant-based nutrition to the widespread consumer market.
The Willie Mullins-trained sixyear-old, who is 6-1 for the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham and is also entered for the RSA Chase and the National Hunt Chase, is one of three runners for Ireland's champion trainer, who is also represented by Jarry D'Honneur and Adriana Des Mottes.
THE clash of Gilgamboa and Adriana Des Mottes in the Shannon Airport Novice Chase should prove the highlight on the first day of Limerick's four-day Christmas meeting.
And David Pipe's Ronaldo Des Mottes ran a fair second to Get Me Out Of Here in the Betfair Hurdle a couple of seasons ago and is worth including after a promising comeback as longshots ensure the dividend is good.
SYNDICATE horse Bingo Des Mottes, well ridden by Matthew Barber, was a 15-length winner of the young horse open maiden race at the Llangeinor Hunt Point-To-Point Steeplechases, writes Brian Lee.
NIPPY DES MOTTES looks set to extend his winning run to four in a row in the John Smith's Scottish County Hurdle over two miles at Musselburgh on Sunday.
Raffaello (10-11), East Lawyer (12-1), The Luder (6-4), Almost Broke (6-1), Nippy Des Mottes (2-1) and Bold Fire (4-11) provided Ditcheat maestro Nicholls with his super six.
TAKE a chance on Gilgamboa to successfully concede 18lb to Adriana Des Mottes in the featured Shannon Airport Novice Chase in Limerick on St Stephen's Day.
Martin Pipe won this prize twice and son David can record another win for the yard with RONALDO DES MOTTES, writes Stuart Redding.
David Pipe holds a strong hand with Mutual Friend, Mamlook and ante-post gamble Ronaldo des Mottes.
He won for Pipe on Standin Obligation, but suffered a reminder of his ride on Clan Royal in the Grand National on the Nicholls-trained Oracle Des Mottes.