(||Mo*ti"vo) n. [It. See Motive, n.] See Motive, n., 3, 4.
(Mot"ley) a. [OE. mottelee, motle; cf. OF. mattelé clotted, curdled, OF, ciel mattonné a mottled
sky, mate, maton, curdled milk, Prov. G. matte curd. Cf. Mottle.]
1. Variegated in color; consisting of different colors; dappled; party-colored; as, a motley coat.
2. Wearing motley or party-colored clothing. See Motley, n., 1. "A motley fool." Shak.
3. Composed of different or various parts; heterogeneously made or mixed up; discordantly composite; as,
motley style. Byron.
1. A combination of distinct colors; esp., the party-colored cloth, or clothing, worn by the professional
fool. Chaucer. "Motley 's the only wear." Shak.
2. Hence, a jester, a fool. [Obs.] Shak.
Man of motley, a fool. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.
(Mot"ley-mind`ed) a. Having a mind of a jester; foolish. Shak.
(Mot"mot) n. [Cf. Momot.] (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of long-tailed, passerine birds
of the genus Momotus, having a strong serrated beak. In most of the species the two long middle tail
feathers are racket-shaped at the tip, when mature. The bird itself is said by some writers to trim them
into this shape. They feed on insects, reptiles, and fruit, and are found from Mexico to Brazil. The name
is derived from its note. [Written also momot.]
(||Mo"to) n. [It.] (Mus.) Movement; manner of movement; particularly, movement with increased
rapidity; used especially in the phrase con moto, directing to a somewhat quicker movement; as, andante
con moto, a little more rapidly than andante, etc.
(Mo"ton) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Anc. Armor) A small plate covering the armpit in armor of the
14th century and later.