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maculation

[mak-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌmæk yəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of spotting.
2.
a spotted condition.
3.
a marking of spots, as on an animal.
4.
a disfiguring spot or stain.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75 for earlier sense “sexual defilement”; late Middle English < Latin maculātiōn- (stem of maculātiō). See maculate, -ion
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  • The subspecies exhibit differences in leaf shape, maculation intensity, and flower color.
British Dictionary definitions for maculation

maculation

/ˌmækjʊˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
a pattern of spots, as on certain animals and plants
2.
(archaic) the act of maculating or the state of being maculated
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Word Origin and History for maculation
n.

mid-15c., from Latin maculationem (nominative maculatio), noun of action from past participle stem of maculare (see maculate).

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