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blotch

[bloch] /blɒtʃ/
noun
1.
a large, irregular spot or blot.
2.
Plant Pathology.
  1. a diseased, discolored spot or area on a plant.
  2. a disease so characterized, usually accompanied by cankers and lesions.
3.
a skin eruption; blemish.
verb (used with object)
4.
to mark with blotches; blot, spot, or blur:
The floor of the forest was blotched with cool, dark moss.
adjective
5.
Textiles. of or relating to blotch printing, or to the colored ground produced by this process.
Origin of blotch
1595-1605
1595-1605; perhaps blend of blot1 + botch2
Synonyms
1. splotch, mark, blemish, stain.
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Examples from the Web for blotch
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  • The blue sky and a green tree beside a white house are not seen but as a blotch of colours which touches the eye.

    Household Education Harriet Martineau
  • A blotch of blood was on his shirt-front as he lay upon his side.

  • What was my astonishment to hear an answering call, and see the Dutchman's figure a blotch upon the blackness of the after-deck.

  • Sunday to him was a disease spot, the blotch of an inactive liver.

  • There was a blotch of dried blood down one side of Steele's face.

  • This faded to a blotch in the thick stone, and became obliterated.

    Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • The month was April, and the day was blithe, with no blotch in the sky.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • She felt instinctively that this yellowish envelope, with its red string and its blotch of red seal, was his sentence and her own.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
  • His coat and vest were off, and the light from the oil lamp at his side made his linen shirt a blotch of white.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • He spat a blotch of tobacco juice on the hearth, spattering the edge of the top blanket which covered Boyd.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
British Dictionary definitions for blotch

blotch

/blɒtʃ/
noun
1.
an irregular spot or discoloration, esp a dark and relatively large one such as an ink stain
verb
2.
to become or cause to become marked by such discoloration
3.
(intransitive) (of a pen or ink) to write or flow unevenly in blotches
Word Origin
C17: probably from botch, influenced by blot1
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Word Origin and History for blotch
n.

c.1600, perhaps a blend of blot and botch or patch.

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blotch in Science
blotch
  (blŏch)   
Any of several plant diseases caused by fungi and resulting in brown or black dead areas on leaves or fruit.
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