Etymology
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mote (n.)

"small particle, as of dust visible in a ray of sunlight," Old English mot, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Dutch mot "dust from turf, sawdust, grit," Norwegian mutt "speck, mote, splinter, chip." Hence, anything very small. Many references are to Matthew vii.3.

updated on February 26, 2019

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Definitions of mote from WordNet

mote (n.)
(nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything;
Synonyms: atom / molecule / particle / corpuscle / speck
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