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[adj. mak-yuh-lit; v. mak-yuh-leyt] /adj. ˈmæk yə lɪt; v. ˈmæk yəˌleɪt/
adjective
1.
spotted; stained.
2.
Archaic. defiled; impure.
verb (used with object), maculated, maculating. Archaic.
3.
to mark with a spot or spots; stain.
4.
to sully or pollute.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin maculātus (past participle of maculāre to spot, stain). See macula, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for maculate

maculate

verb (ˈmækjʊˌleɪt)
1.
(transitive) to spot, stain, or pollute
adjective (ˈmækjʊlɪt)
2.
spotted or polluted
Word Origin
C15: from Latin maculāre to stain
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Word Origin and History for maculate
maculate
"spotted," 1490, from L. maculatus, pp. of maculare "to make spotted, to speckle," from macula "spot, stain."
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maculate in Medicine

maculate mac·u·late (māk'yə-lāt')
v. mac·u·lat·ed, mac·u·lat·ing, mac·u·lates
To spot or blemish. adj. (-lĭt)
Spotted or blotched.

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