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”), Lua error in Module:etymology_language at line 136: The source language/family code "frs" is not valid. Lua error in Module:links/templates at line 52: The language code "frs" is not valid., Swedish muta (“to drizzle”), Old English mot (“speck, particle”). More at mote, mud, smut.
moat (plural moats)
- A deep, wide defensive ditch, normally filled with water, surrounding a fortified habitation.
- 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.
- plural form of