Definition of motte in English:
1 (also mott) A stand of trees, especially in the southwestern US; a grove.
- You stand to either side of the motte and send a flushing dog inside.
- Much of the dense brush was limited to rivers, creeks, drainages, and in small mottes on the prairie.
- A vague whir from the motte caught my attention.
2 historical A mound forming the site of a castle or camp.
- Modern steps curve up the side of the motte (the castle mound), one of the largest in the country.
- The Norman castle motte known as Twt Hill probably overlies the site of the palace constructed by Llywelyn ap Seisyll in 1015.
- That Edward's fortress incorporated the motte of an earlier Norman castle indicates that here castle-building actually signified a re-conquest of territory.
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