spot·​ted | \ ˈspä-təd How to pronounce spotted (audio) \

Definition of spotted

1 : marked with spots
2 : being sullied : tarnished
3 : characterized by the appearance of spots

Examples of spotted in a Sentence

the spotted tablecloth clashed with the stripes on the wallpaper not surprisingly, the white cow and black bull had a spotted calf
Recent Examples on the Web Your victim: the spotted lanternfly, or Lycorma delicatula, a beautiful creature with large brownish gray wings with black spots that open to reveal striking red underwings. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 26 Aug. 2022 The spotted lanternfly — an invasive insect that sucks nutrients from plants and is threatening the country’s grape, orchard and logging industries — is having a moment. Jake Traylor, NBC News, 10 Sep. 2022 Citizen scientists reported the spotted lanternfly around July 21 in Huntington, said Vincent Burkle, nursery inspector and compliance officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Paul Eisenberg, Chicago Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 The spotted lanternfly, which is native to China, was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014. Stephen Goin, Fox News, 25 Aug. 2022 The spotted lantern fly — an insect that can devastate large swaths of fruit crops — has arrived in Loudoun County this summer. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 The spotted and ringed appearance of its translucent bell is most notable. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 7 Aug. 2022 Instead, sweet spotted wallpaper creates an almost solid-looking backdrop for the drapes and abstract painting. Caitlin Sole, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Aug. 2022 Now that April Jones has had a couple of days to think about her family’s bizarre encounter with a spotted eagle ray during the 2022 Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, there’s plenty of sympathy to go around. al, 18 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spotted

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Sep 2022

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“Spotted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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