maculate

adjective
mac·​u·​late | \ ˈma-kyə-lət How to pronounce maculate (audio) \
variants: or maculated \ ˈma-​kyə-​ˌlā-​təd How to pronounce maculated (audio) \

Definition of maculate

1 : marked with spots : blotched

First Known Use of maculate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maculate

borrowed from Latin maculātus, past participle of maculāre "to cover with stains, soil, disgrace, mark with colored patches," derivative of macula "stain, spot, blemish" — more at macula

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“Maculate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maculate. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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maculate

adjective
mac·​u·​late | \ ˈmak-yə-lət How to pronounce maculate (audio) \

Medical Definition of maculate

: marked with spots

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