A small dry particle.
And why beholdest thou the MOTE that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the MOTE out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? ( Matthew 7:3-4 )
A minute piece of anything dry or light, as straw, chaff, a splinter of wood, that might enter the eye. Used by Jesus in Matthew 7:3; Luke 6:41 f in contrast with "beam," to rebuke officiousness in correcting small faults of others, while cherishing greater ones of our own.
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