speckle

noun
speck·​le | \ ˈspe-kəl How to pronounce speckle (audio) \

Definition of speckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a little speck (as of color)

speckle

verb
speckled; speckling\ ˈspe-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce speckle (audio) \

Definition of speckle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to mark with speckles
2 : to be distributed in or on like speckles

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Examples of speckle in a Sentence

Noun a ripe banana with lots of brown speckles the cat has a speckle of orange right at her whiskers Verb speckled the cookies with colored sugar
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The brief summary of her life, written by daughters Barb Harvey and Mary Knotts, is just a tiny speckle of who Harvey was. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "'She is survived by her cat Holly': Unforgettable obituary remembers one-of-a-kind woman," 24 Apr. 2020 Sando’s larger-than-life photographs of the beans luxuriate in their every curve, speckle and wrinkle, much like the high-definition photos of wheaten loops and marshmallows on cereal boxes. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Two new cookbooks on beans perfect for coronavirus shelter-in-place cooking," 17 Apr. 2020 Males can have orange and red speckles on their front legs and bright green or yellow heads. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "Animals Matter: Turtles stolen from Colorado find new homes in Texas," 28 Feb. 2020 Durat Available in over 300 colors including speckle options, Durat is a solid material that contains recycled post-industrial plastics. Sally Kuchar, Sunset Magazine, "Hardy and Sustainable Kitchen Countertops That Are Surprisingly Stylish," 3 Feb. 2020 One records the white speckle of aphid eggs on a patch of leaves. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "In Patty Wickman’s mesmerizing paintings, scenes ripe with meaning," 1 Oct. 2019 Mites, of course, will be quite small and are often hard to see with the naked eye, but speckles left from their feeding can give the plant a bronzed or yellow look. oregonlive, "The key to healthy houseplants? Location, location, location," 11 Nov. 2019 Grown in small quantities in the Pacific Northwest, Forelle tells you it’s ripe when the skin under its red speckles turns from green to yellow. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "What pears to pick for your fall recipes — starting with a pear tart and pear butter," 23 Oct. 2019 According to Shape, Lopez owns these Beyond Yoga leggings in three different shades, including black gunmetal, sandstone gold speckle, and blush rose gold. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Jennifer Lopez’s Favorite Beyond Yoga Leggings Are on Sale at Bandier Right Now," 16 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Coho salmon, hundreds of them, speckle the upper bay’s glassy surface. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: On Tillamook Bay, a surprising glut of coho salmon," 9 Oct. 2020 Either way, a $25,000 project is officially underway and set to speckle the length of Pleasant Street in 2021. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati, Art on the Streets receives $25,000 grant to paint a series of murals along Pleasant Street," 5 Aug. 2020 In Florida, hundreds of thousands of sea turtle nests speckle the state’s coastline each year, according to the Guardian. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "COVID-19 Restrictions May Boost Leatherback Sea Turtle Nesting," 24 Apr. 2020 It’s not just the true nature of dark matter that eludes them; so does the essence of the stars that speckle the sky and populate the many galaxies throughout the cosmos. Ken Croswell, Scientific American, "An Elemental Problem with the Sun," 1 July 2020 And Gordon’s combination of bittersweet chocolate speckled throughout the loaf with a peanut crumble on top makes this truly special. Los Angeles Times, "Valerie Confections shares the best chocolate chip banana bread recipe," 2 May 2020 The horizon, speckled with plateaus, sat below a cloudless sky stamped with a perfect view of the Milky Way. M Eifler, Wired, "VR Is Here to Help With Our New Reality," 14 Apr. 2020 Light rain will speckle the Bay Area on Christmas Eve before a near-freezing storm swoops down from the Gulf of Alaska to really douse the region come Christmas morning — and perhaps even bestow a little holiday snow to Mount Diablo. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Snow on Christmas in the Bay Area? One place could get dusted," 23 Dec. 2019 The trees are widely spaced, 20 to 30 feet apart, with their lower limbs removed, creating an airy, cathedral-like canopy speckled with sunlight filtering through the needles. Brian Barth, Popular Science, "The secret to curbing farm emissions is buried in the Stone Age," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of speckle

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for speckle

Noun

Middle English; akin to Old English specca

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The first known use of speckle was in the 15th century

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“Speckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speckle. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for speckle

speckle

noun
How to pronounce speckle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of speckle

: a small mark of color

speckle

noun
speck·​le | \ ˈspe-kəl How to pronounce speckle (audio) \

Kids Definition of speckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small mark (as of color)

speckle

verb
speckled; speckling

Kids Definition of speckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to mark or be marked with small spots

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