15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maculate. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.
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