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speck

[spek] /spɛk/
noun
1.
a small spot differing in color or substance from that of the surface or material upon which it appears or lies:
Specks of soot on the window sill.
2.
a very little bit or particle:
We haven't a speck of sugar.
3.
something appearing small by comparison or by reason of distance:
By then the town was just a speck.
verb (used with object)
4.
to mark with, or as with, a speck or specks.
Origin of speck
900
before 900; Middle English specke, Old English specca; cognate with Dutch spikkel
Related forms
speckedness
[spek-id-nis] /ˈspɛk ɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
speckless, adjective
specklessly, adverb
specklessness, noun
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speck

/spɛk/
noun
1.
a very small mark or spot
2.
a small or tiny piece of something
verb
3.
(transitive) to mark with specks or spots
Word Origin
Old English specca; related to Middle Dutch spekelen to sprinkle
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Word Origin and History for speck
n.

Old English specca "small spot, stain," of unknown origin; probably related to Dutch speckel "speck, speckle," Middle Dutch spekelen "to sprinkle." Meaning "tiny bit" developed c.1400.

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