blotch

[bloch]
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noun
  1. a large, irregular spot or blot.
  2. Plant Pathology.
    1. a diseased, discolored spot or area on a plant.
    2. a disease so characterized, usually accompanied by cankers and lesions.
  3. a skin eruption; blemish.
verb (used with object)
  1. to mark with blotches; blot, spot, or blur: The floor of the forest was blotched with cool, dark moss.
adjective
  1. 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

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Related Words for blotch

blot, blemish, eruption, spot, patch, splash, breakout, stigma, stain, mark, acne

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British Dictionary definitions for blotch

blotch

noun
  1. an irregular spot or discoloration, esp a dark and relatively large one such as an ink stain
verb
  1. to become or cause to become marked by such discoloration
  2. (intr) (of a pen or ink) to write or flow unevenly in blotches

Word Origin for blotch

C17: probably from botch, influenced by blot 1
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Word Origin and History for blotch
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

blotch in Science

blotch

[blŏch]
  1. Any of several plant diseases caused by fungi and resulting in brown or black dead areas on leaves or fruit.
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