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freckle

[frek-uh l] /ˈfrɛk əl/
noun
1.
one of the small, brownish spots on the skin that are caused by deposition of pigment and that increase in number and darken on exposure to sunlight; lentigo.
2.
any small spot or discoloration:
freckles of paint spattered on the floor.
verb (used with object), freckled, freckling.
3.
to cover with freckles; produce freckles on.
verb (used without object), freckled, freckling.
4.
to become freckled.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; blend of obsolete frecken freckle (Middle English frekne < Old Norse *frekna; compare freknōttr speckled, Norwegian, Icelandic frekna, Swedish fräkna freckle) and speckle (noun)
Related forms
unfreckled, adjective
well-freckled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unfreckled

freckle

/ˈfrɛkəl/
noun
1.
a small brownish spot on the skin: a localized deposit of the pigment melanin, developed by exposure to sunlight Technical name lentigo
2.
any small area of discoloration; a spot
3.
(Austral, slang) the anus
verb
4.
to mark or become marked with freckles or spots
Derived Forms
freckled, freckly, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse freknur freckles; related to Swedish fräkne, Danish fregne
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Word Origin and History for unfreckled
freckle
late 14c., probably from O.N. freknur (pl.) "freckles," of unknown origin. Related: Freckles.
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unfreckled in Medicine

freckle freck·le (frěk'əl)
n.
A small brownish spot on the skin, often turning darker or increasing in number upon exposure to the sun.

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