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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 mot·ley /ˈmɑtli/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mot·ley a.
 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.”
 3. Composed of different or various parts; heterogeneously made or mixed up; discordantly composite; as, motley style.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mot·ley, n.
 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.]
 Man of motley, a fool. [Obs.]  --Beau. & Fl.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
             (even to the point of incongruity); "an arrangement of
             assorted spring flowers"; "assorted sizes";
             "miscellaneous accessories"; "a mixed program of
             baroque and contemporary music"; "a motley crew";
             "sundry sciences commonly known as social"-
             I.A.Richards [syn: assorted, miscellaneous, mixed,
      2: having sections or patches colored differently and usually
         brightly; "a jester dressed in motley"; "the painted
         desert"; "a particolored dress"; "a piebald horse"; "pied
         daisies" [syn: calico, multicolor, multicolour, multicolored,
          multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured,
          piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured]
      n 1: a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a
           great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a
           variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of
           religions" [syn: assortment, mixture, mixed bag, miscellany,
            miscellanea, variety, salmagundi, smorgasbord,
      2: a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's
      3: a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th
         to 17th century England
      v 1: make something more diverse and varied; "Vary the menu"
           [syn: vary, variegate]
      2: make motley; color with different colors [syn: parti-color]