maumet

noun
mau·​met | \ ˈmȯmə̇t \
plural -s

Definition of maumet

1 obsolete : a false god or idol
2 now dialectal British
a : an odd figure : puppet, effigy, image, doll used also as a generalized term of abuse or contempt
b : scarecrow
3 archaic : a fancy pigeon with dark eyes and white or creamy feathers

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History and Etymology for maumet

Middle English, from Old French mahommet, from Mahommet Muhammad †a.d. 632 Arabian prophet and founder of Islam; from a medieval belief that Muslims worshiped images of Muhammad

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“Maumet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maumet. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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