MOAT , a ditch filled with
See also:water surrounding a
See also:town or other fortified place for purposes of defence . The word is taken from the O . Fr. mote, or motte, a
See also:mound or
See also:embankment of
See also:earth used as a means of defence; the transition in meaning from the heap of earth to the
See also:left by excavating the earth is parallel with the similar interchange of meaning in
See also:dike and ditch (see DIxE) . In mod . Fr. motte means a lump or clod of earth . The word is probably of Teutonic origin, and may be connected with Eng .
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