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DOT. This French word is adopted in Louisiana. It signifies the fortune, portion, or dowry, which a woman brings to her husband by the marriage. 6 N. S. 460. See Dote; Dowry.

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'A dot and'--here he glanced at the baby--'a dot and carry--I won't say it, for fear I should spoil it; but I was very near a joke.
It was pleasant to see Dot, with her little figure, and her baby in her arms: a very doll of a baby: glancing with a coquettish thoughtfulness at the fire, and inclining her delicate little head just enough on one side to let it rest in an odd, half-natural, half-affected, wholly nestling and agreeable manner, on the great rugged figure of the Carrier.
'You don't deserve to be a father, you don't,' said Dot, with all the dignity of an experienced matron.
'Ha ha,' laughed Dot. She had the blithest little laugh you ever heard.
There's the teapot, ready on the hob!' said Dot; as briskly busy as a child at play at keeping house.
One time Bertran says to me dot he will be married, because he ha~ found a girl dot was goot, and he inquire if this marrying idea was right.
"But I knew dot I had made Bimi a life's enemy, pecause his fingers haf talk murder through the back of my neck.
"So Bertran he was married, and he forgot clean about Bimi dot was skippin' alone on the beach mit der haf of a human soul in his belly.
"Den I said to him: 'Dost thou pretend to know monkeys und dis beast dot is lashing himself mad upon der sands, pecause you do not talk to him?
"Dot next day Bertran came to my house to help me make some wood cases for der specimens, und he tell me dot he haf left his wife a liddle while mit Bimi in der garden.
Vy, I haf never took a case in my life so sheap as dot. I couldn't pay mine room rent--"
"You understand me," she said, "you pays me dot money yust de same!