Moat



[moht] /moʊt/

noun
1.
a deep, wide trench, usually filled with water, surrounding the rampart of a fortified place, as a town or a castle.
2.
any similar trench, as one used for confining animals in a zoo.
/məʊt/
noun
1.
a wide water-filled ditch surrounding a fortified place, such as a castle
verb
2.
(transitive) to surround with or as if with a moat: a moated grange
n.

mid-14c., from Old French mote “mound, hillock, embankment; castle built on a hill” (12c.; Modern French motte), from Medieval Latin mota “mound, fortified height,” of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish mutt, mutta. Sense shifted in Norman French from the castle mound to the ditch dug around it. As a verb, “to surround with a moat,” early 15c.

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