mottle


1mot·tle

noun \ˈmä-təl\

Definition of MOTTLE

1
:  a colored spot
2
a :  a surface having colored spots or blotches
b :  the arrangement of such spots or blotches on a surface
3
:  mosaic 5
mot·tled \-təld\ adjective

Examples of MOTTLE

  1. <canvases covered with streaks and mottles>

Origin of MOTTLE

probably back-formation from motley
First Known Use: 1676

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

Rhymes with MOTTLE

2mottle

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

Definition of MOTTLE

transitive verb
:  to mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
mot·tler \ˈmät-lər, ˈmä-təl-ər\ noun

Examples of MOTTLE

  1. <old papers that were mottled by mold>

First Known Use of MOTTLE

1676

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

Rhymes with MOTTLE

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