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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 910 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MOTLEY, i.e. of many colours, a term particularly used of the parti-coloured dress of the professional " fool " (q.v.) of the middle and later ages. The origin of the word is probably to be found in " mote " (O. Eng. mot), a particle of dust, &c., hence a spot or patch. " Mottle," a blotch or spot, is probably a back formation of motley.
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MOTIVE (from Lat. movere, to move)

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