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[bloch] /blɒtʃ/
a large, irregular spot or blot.
Plant Pathology.
  1. a diseased, discolored spot or area on a plant.
  2. a disease so characterized, usually accompanied by cankers and lesions.
a skin eruption; blemish.
verb (used with object)
to mark with blotches; blot, spot, or blur:
The floor of the forest was blotched with cool, dark moss.
Textiles. of or relating to blotch printing, or to the colored ground produced by this process.
Origin of blotch
1595-1605; perhaps blend of blot1 + botch2
1. splotch, mark, blemish, stain. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for blotched
Historical Examples
  • His shirt and hand, and even his naked arm, were stained and blotched with blood.

  • His brushes and razors were spread out on the blotched marble of the chest of drawers.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • They were blotched by mosquito bites and tanned to a leather brown.

  • In color it is green or blue, blotched and streaked with black.

  • There were three eggs, cream-coloured, and blotched with brown.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • It was written in Kathie's uneven hand, and blotched as if it had been cried over.

  • She was white about the lips but her face looked red and blotched.

    Letty and the Twins Helen Sherman Griffith
  • His letter, blotched and blotted by his own dead cheek, she read quietly.

  • The three or four eggs have a buff ground and are blotched with yellowish brown.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The eggs are an olive buff in color, spotted and blotched with brownish black.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
British Dictionary definitions for blotched


an irregular spot or discoloration, esp a dark and relatively large one such as an ink stain
to become or cause to become marked by such discoloration
(intransitive) (of a pen or ink) to write or flow unevenly in blotches
Word Origin
C17: probably from botch, influenced by blot1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blotched



c.1600, perhaps a blend of blot and botch or patch.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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blotched in Science
Any of several plant diseases caused by fungi and resulting in brown or black dead areas on leaves or fruit.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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