[ mak-yuh-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌmæk yəˈleɪ ʃən /


the act of spotting.
a spotted condition.
a marking of spots, as on an animal.
a disfiguring spot or stain.

Origin of maculation

1425–75 for earlier sense “sexual defilement”; late Middle English < Latin maculātiōn- (stem of maculātiō). See maculate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for maculation


/ (ˌmækjʊˈleɪʃən) /


a pattern of spots, as on certain animals and plants
archaic the act of maculating or the state of being maculated
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Word Origin and History for maculation



mid-15c., from Latin maculationem (nominative maculatio), noun of action from past participle stem of maculare (see maculate).

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