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blotch

[ bloch ]
/ blɒtʃ /
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noun

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.

adjective

Textiles. of or relating to blotch printing, or to the colored ground produced by this process.

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Origin of blotch

1595–1605; perhaps blend of blot1 + botch2
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British Dictionary definitions for blotch

blotch
/ (blɒtʃ) /

noun

an irregular spot or discoloration, esp a dark and relatively large one such as an ink stain

verb

to become or cause to become marked by such discoloration
(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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Scientific definitions for blotch

blotch
[ blŏch ]

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