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mottled

[mot-ld]
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adjective
  1. spotted or blotched in coloring.
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Origin of mottled

First recorded in 1670–80; mottle + -ed2
Related formsun·mot·tled, adjective

mottle

[mot-l]
verb (used with object), mot·tled, mot·tling.
  1. to mark or diversify with spots or blotches of a different color or shade.
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noun
  1. a diversifying spot or blotch of color.
  2. mottled coloring or pattern.
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Origin of mottle

First recorded in 1670–80; probably back formation from motley
Related formsmot·tle·ment, nounmot·tler, noun
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mottled

adjective
  1. coloured with streaks or blotches of different shades
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mottle

verb
  1. (tr) to colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
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noun
  1. a mottled appearance, as of the surface of marble
  2. one streak or blotch of colour in a mottled surface
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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.).

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mottle

n.

1670s, probably a back-formation from motley.

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mottle

v.

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

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