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speckle

[spek-uh l] /ˈspɛk əl/
noun
1.
a small speck, spot, or mark, as on skin.
2.
speckled coloring or marking.
verb (used with object), speckled, speckling.
3.
to mark with or as with speckles.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see speck, -le
Related forms
speckledness, noun
unspeckled, adjective
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Examples from the web for speckled
  • They had bright red borders and sometimes speckled centers on either a white or green ground.
  • Thanks to you and speckled hen for pointing out my malfunctioning understanding.
  • Their experiences will be as uncaused as the existence of the block whose speckled nature gives rise to those experiences.
  • Her blue denim shirt and khaki pants were stained with red and yellow blotches, and her long hair was also speckled with paint.
  • Some areas were speckled with craters, but large regions looked inexplicably flat and smooth.
  • The leader of the pod catches the telltale speckled light of armored squid, moving in an immense shoal a thousand strong.
  • First they affix a small, speckled latex bubble to the tip of an endoscope.
  • The middle layer of speckled green represents several layers of photoreceptors, which developed in response to the transplant.
  • They're notably larger and are generally speckled with a deep reddish pattern.
  • Ash gives the yogurt a smoky and slightly astringent taste, as well as a speckled gray color.
British Dictionary definitions for speckled

speckle

/ˈspɛkəl/
noun
1.
a small or slight mark usually of a contrasting colour, as on the skin, a bird's plumage, or eggs
verb
2.
(transitive) to mark with or as if with speckles
Derived Forms
speckled, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch spekkel; see speck
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Word Origin and History for speckled

speckle

v.

c.1400 (implied in speckled), probably related to Old English specca "small spot, speck" (see speck) or from a related Middle Dutch or Middle High German word. Related: Speckled; speckling. The noun is first attested mid-15c.

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