moat

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mote, from Old French mote ("mound, embankment"; compare also Old French motte ‎(hillock, lump, clod, turf), from Medieval Latin mota ‎(a mound, hill, a hill on which a castle is built, castle, embankment, turf)), of Germanic origin, perhaps via Old Frankish *mot, *motta ‎(mud, peat, bog, turf), from Proto-Germanic *mutô, *mudraz, *muþraz ‎(dirt, filth, mud, swamp), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mut- ‎(dark, dirty). Cognate with Alemannic German Mott, Mutte ‎(peat, turf), Bavarian Mott ‎(peat, turf), Dutch dialectal mot ‎(dust, fine sand), Saterland Frisian mut ‎(grit, litter, humus), Swedish muta ‎(to drizzle), Old English mot ‎(speck, particle). More at mote, mud, smut.

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moat ‎(plural moats)

  1. A deep, wide defensive ditch, normally filled with water, surrounding a fortified habitation.
  2. An aspect of a business which makes it more "defensible" from competitors, either because of the nature of its products, services, franchise or other reason.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈmo̞ɑt̪], IPA(key): [ˈmo̞ːɑt̪]
  • Hyphenation: mo‧at

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moat

  1. plural of moa

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