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fleck

[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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Examples for flecks
  • The counter is a beautiful dark green granite with flecks of blue and silver.
  • Flowers of the evergreen hybrids come in shades of purple with dark flecks and last well in bouquets.
  • Semolina is milled much more coarsely than ordinary flour, and flecks of bran usually show.
  • Some elderly males do become completely white, though many retain small flecks of dusky plumage.
  • He noticed that the bowl contained a wedge of preserved incense dotted with white flecks and a blue pigment.
  • These include everything from pieces of plastic to flecks of paint.
  • And there are millions of smaller, harder-to-track objects such as flecks of paint and bits of plastic.
  • Galaxies are merely bright flecks on a sea of dark matter.
  • He wore an impeccably pressed cashmere suit of deep blue with flecks of gray.
  • Dolores, by contrast, looked as though she had emerged from a cream-pie fight-stray flecks everywhere.
British Dictionary definitions for flecks

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 flecks

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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