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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MOTT, n. Also dim. mottie; matie. A mark or target, esp. that aimed at in quoits or marbles (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Edb. 1930). Also in Eng. dial.Dmf. 1846 R. W. Thom Dominie's Charge I. 108:
Can he ring the matie wi' twa out o' three quoits that he throws, like Mike Miller?
Abd. 1853 W. Cadenhead Flights 256:
E'en though our pitcher was nearest the mottie.
Ags. 1883 J. Kennedy Poems (1920) 110, 112:
An' motts were placed, an' pair an' pair They stript them for the battle . . . Awa' it [quoit] bounced wi' bev'llin skyte An' on the mott played whummle.

[Appar. ad. Fr. motte, a hillock, a butt to shoot at, and so of the same orig. as Mote, n.1]

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