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maculate

[ adjective mak-yuh-lit; verb mak-yuh-leyt ]
/ adjective ˈmæk yə lɪt; verb ˈmæk yəˌleɪt /
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adjective
spotted; stained.
Archaic. defiled; impure.
verb (used with object), mac·u·lat·ed, mac·u·lat·ing.Archaic.
to mark with a spot or spots; stain.
to sully or pollute.
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Origin of maculate

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin maculātus (past participle of maculāre to spot, stain). See macula, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for maculate

maculate
/ archaic, or literary /

verb (ˈmækjʊˌleɪt)
(tr) to spot, stain, or pollute
adjective (ˈmækjʊlɪt)
spotted or polluted

Word Origin for maculate

C15: from Latin maculāre to stain
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Medical definitions for maculate

maculate
[ măkyə-lāt′ ]

v.
To spot or blemish.
adj.
Spotted or blotched.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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