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mottle

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noun mot·tle \ˈmä-təl\

Definition of mottle

  1. 1 :  a colored spot

  2. 2 a :  a surface having colored spots or blotches b :  the arrangement of such spots or blotches on a surface

  3. 3 :  mosaic 5

mot·tled play \-təld\ adjective


Examples of mottle

  1. <canvases covered with streaks and mottles>



Origin of mottle

probably back-formation from motley


First Known Use: 1676

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mottle

verb mot·tle

Definition of mottle

mot·tledmot·tling play \ˈmät-liŋ, ˈmä-təl-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained

mot·tler play \ˈmät-lər, ˈmä-təl-ər\ noun


Examples of mottle

  1. <old papers that were mottled by mold>



1676

First Known Use of mottle

1676

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