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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 pertaining to blotch printing, or to the colored ground produced by this process.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; perhaps blend of blot1 + botch2
Synonyms
1. splotch, mark, blemish, stain.
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Examples from the web for blotches
  • Her complexion was not good and her face was covered with blotches that indicated ill health.
  • His shirt showed big blotches of moisture, and the sweat was rolling in clear drops along the creases in his brown neck.
  • blotches of green and crimson drifted across my eyes.
  • Some flowers have dark dots or blotches, others contrasting bands at edges.
  • The fungus also infects older leaves, producing large, irregular brown blotches.
  • Its fleshy gray-green leaves are densely spotted with brownish-purple blotches.
  • Solar storms tend to occur near sunspots, cool regions on the sun's surface that appear as dark blotches.
  • Among the evidence of their age are dark blotches indicative of many years underground, researchers say.
  • Her knees are covered with red blotches, scaly and peeling.
  • Adult individuals of both species are greenish grey or brownish, with dark blotches forming what seems to be a cryptic pattern.
British Dictionary definitions for blotches

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 blotches

blotch

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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blotches 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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