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John motley

[mot-lee] /ˈmɒt li/

John Lothrop
[loh-thruh p] /ˈloʊ θrəp/ (Show IPA), 1814–77, U.S. historian and diplomat.
made up of elements of varying type, quality, etc
a motley collection or mixture
the particoloured attire of a jester
(obsolete) a jester

late 14c., “parti-colored” (originally of fabric), from Anglo-French motteley, probably from Old English mot “speck” (see mote). But Klein’s sources say probably from Gaulish. “Diversified in color,” especially of a fool’s dress. Hence, allusively, “a fool” (1600). As a noun meaning “cloth of mixed color” from late 14c.


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