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.

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Definitions of mote

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