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Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: mascotte, from Provençal mascoto, from masco 'woman with magic powers'

mascot

noun
     
mas‧cot [countable]
an animal or toy, or a person dressed as an animal, that represents a team or organization, and is thought to bring them good luck:
the official mascot of the 2002 World Cup
Rocky the Raccoon, the team mascot

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