speckles

speckle

[spek-uhl]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English; see speck, -le

speckledness, noun
unspeckled, adjective
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speckle (ˈspɛkəl)
 
n
1.  a small or slight mark usually of a contrasting colour, as on the skin, a bird's plumage, or eggs
 
vb
2.  (tr) to mark with or as if with speckles
 
[C15: from Middle Dutch spekkel; see speck]
 
'speckled
 
adj

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speckle
c.1400 (implied in speckled), probably related to O.E. specca "small spot, speck" (see speck) or from a related M.Du. or M.H.G. word. The noun is first attested c.1440.
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