mottle

[mot-l]
verb (used with object), mottled, mottling.
1.
to mark or diversify with spots or blotches of a different color or shade.
noun
2.
a diversifying spot or blotch of color.
3.
mottled coloring or pattern.

Origin:
1670–80; probably back formation from motley

mottlement, noun
mottler, noun
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mottle (ˈmɒtəl)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
 
n
2.  a mottled appearance, as of the surface of marble
3.  one streak or blotch of colour in a mottled surface
 
[C17: back formation from motley]

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mottle
1670s, probably a back formation from motley. Related: Mottling.
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