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mottled

[mot-ld] /ˈmɒt ld/
adjective
1.
spotted or blotched in coloring.
Origin of mottled
1670-1680
1670-80; mottle + -ed2
Related forms
unmottled, adjective

mottle

[mot-l] /ˈmɒt 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
Related forms
mottlement, noun
mottler, noun
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mottled

/ˈmɒtəld/
adjective
1.
coloured with streaks or blotches of different shades

mottle

/ˈmɒtəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
noun
2.
a mottled appearance, as of the surface of marble
3.
one streak or blotch of colour in a mottled surface
Word Origin
C17: back formation from motley
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Word Origin and History for mottled
adj.

1670s, past participle adjective; see mottle (v.).

mottle

n.

1670s, probably a back-formation from motley.

v.

1670s; see mottle (n.). Related: Mottled; mottling.

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