fleck

[flek]
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; 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

fleckless, adjective
flecklessly, adverb
flecky, adjective
unflecked, adjective

flecks, flex.


4. bespeckle, spatter, dot, speck, daub.
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fleck (flɛk)
 
n
1.  a small marking or streak; speckle
2.  a small particle; speck: a fleck of dust
 
vb
3.  (tr) Also: flecker to mark or cover with flecks; speckle
 
[C16: probably from Old Norse flekkr stain, spot; related to Old High German flec spot, plot of land]

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fleck
early 15c., from O.N. flekka "to spot," from P.Gmc. *flekk- (cf. M.Du. vlecke, O.H.G. flec, Ger. Fleck). Related: Flecked; flecking. The noun is first recorded 1590s, probably from the verb.
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Example sentences
Think of an infinitely small ice-cream scoop flecked with sprinkles.
The mud around the car was flecked with dozens of tiny, glittering diamonds.
He is pale, unshaven, and his stubble is flecked with white.
They were dressed in overalls and in the winter wore heavy coats that were
  flecked with mud.
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