blotchest

blotch

[bloch]
noun
1.
a large, irregular spot or blot.
2.
Plant Pathology.
a.
a diseased, discolored spot or area on a plant.
b.
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; perhaps blend of blot1 + botch2


1. splotch, mark, blemish, stain.
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blotch (blɒtʃ)
 
n
1.  an irregular spot or discoloration, esp a dark and relatively large one such as an ink stain
 
vb
2.  to become or cause to become marked by such discoloration
3.  (intr) (of a pen or ink) to write or flow unevenly in blotches
 
[C17: probably from botch, influenced by blot1]

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blotch
c.1600, perhaps a blend of blot and botch or patch.
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blotch   (blŏch)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of several plant diseases caused by fungi and resulting in brown or black dead areas on leaves or fruit.
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