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Topic: DEFENCE

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: mote, motte 'small hill (on which a castle was built)'

moat

noun
     
moat [countable]
1PMD a deep wide hole, usually filled with water, dug around a castle as a defence
2DLTHBA a deep wide hole dug around an area used for animals in a zoo to stop them from escaping
moated adjective
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