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The note sounded on a hunting horn to announce the death of a deer.
A great number or quantity.
[Perhaps from mortal.]
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(Hunting) a call blown on a hunting horn to signify the death of the animal hunted
[C16: via Old French from Latin mors death]
a great deal; a great many
[possibly a shortened form of mortal used as an intensifier]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a note played on a hunting horn signifying that the animal hunted has been killed.
2. Obs. death.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin mort- (s. of mors) death]
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Morta great quantity.
Examples: mort of luck, 1821; of merrymaking, 1775; of money, 1887; of prisoners, 1694; of talk, 1850; of wit, 1708.
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