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[flek] /flɛk/
noun
1.
a speck; a small bit:
a fleck of dirt.
2.
a spot or small patch of color, light, etc.:
the dapple mare with flecks of gray.
3.
a spot or mark on the skin, as a freckle.
verb (used with object)
4.
to mark with a fleck or flecks; spot; dapple.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English flekked spotted; akin to Old Norse flekkr spot, streak, Old High German flec (German Fleck), Middle Low German, Middle Dutch vlecken to soil
Related forms
fleckless, adjective
flecklessly, adverb
flecky, adjective
unflecked, adjective
Can be confused
flecks, flex.
Synonyms
4. bespeckle, spatter, dot, speck, daub.
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  • If so, it is undoubtedly a meteor, a fleck of space rock glowing white-hot as it races through the upper atmosphere.
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British Dictionary definitions for fleck

fleck

/flɛk/
noun
1.
a small marking or streak; speckle
2.
a small particle; speck: a fleck of dust
verb
3.
(transitive) Also flecker. to mark or cover with flecks; speckle
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old Norse flekkr stain, spot; related to Old High German flec spot, plot of land
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Word Origin and History for fleck
v.

late 14c., probably from Old Norse flekka "to spot," from Proto-Germanic *flekk- (cf. Middle Dutch vlecke, Old High German flec, German Fleck), from PIE *pleik- "to tear" (see flay). Related: Flecked; flecking.

n.

1590s, from fleck (v.) or else from Middle Dutch vlecke or Old Norse flekkr.

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