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Oxford dictionary definition of the word motif:
1a decorative image or design, especially a repeated one forming a pattern:
the colourful hand-painted motifs which adorn narrowboats
a decorative device applied to a garment or textile:
floral or other motifs are then appliquéd to net veils
2a dominant or recurring idea in an artistic work:
superstition is a recurring motif in the book
Music a leitmotif or figure (see figure (sense 5 of the noun)):
in this opera, Verdi used identifying motifs
3 Biochemistry a distinctive sequence on a protein or DNA, having a three-dimensional structure that allows binding interactions to occur.
mid 19th century: from French