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Added by an anon contributor, the -e looks wrong for a feminine noun in Lithuanian. --EncycloPetey 21:26, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
- Also old rfv for English verb sense. See mote#Etymology 3. DCDuring TALK 19:50, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
- Lithuanian: RFV failed, language section removed. (The correct spelling is motė, apparently.)
- English: RFV failed, verb section removed, together with corresponding etymology.
- —RuakhTALK 22:03, 28 December 2009 (UTC)
Compare Spanish MATAR, (to kill) and Finnish MADAD (to cut); both possibly of Punic origin, (if the latter word be borrowed), otherwise of Uralian origin. Compare also Spanish MOTA, (small knot in fabric); Dutch MOT, (dust, sweepings), and East Frisian MUT, (grit): all from the root of mattock (please see its Talk Page), ultimately from √*MADA-, (to cut); or from the ultimate root of MOW. Andrew H. Gray 10:04, 19 September 2015 (UTC) Andrew (talk)
 means 'Absolutely not;  means 'Exceedingly unlikely';  means 'Very dubious';  means 'Questionable';  means 'Possible';  means 'Probable';  means 'Likely';  means 'Most Likely' or *Unattested;  means 'Attested';  means 'Obvious' - only used for close matches within the same language or dialect, at linkable periods. √ means original or earliest root.
- Proto-Germanic *maitaną is shown as closely related to *maidijaną (“to cripple, injure”), and *maitaną is listed as the ancestor of modern English mad. Modern English mote is traced to Old English mot (“grain of sand”). The yawning semantic gap between mad and grain of sand suggests that *maitaną is either 1) not related to Proto-Germanic *maidijaną (“to cripple, injure”) and not related to modern mad, or 2) not related to Old English mot and not related to modern English mote. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 16:15, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
- What you cite is of vital importance - my prior mistake showed that I should not have edited such a comparison that would have been totally illogical. I do not understand why I was so incourteous as not to have replied promptly at the time; therefore my due apologies! Andrew H. Gray 14:20, 23 August 2016 (UTC) Andrew (talk)