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[mak-yuh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. the act of spotting.
  2. a spotted condition.
  3. a marking of spots, as on an animal.
  4. a disfiguring spot or stain.
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Origin of maculation

1425–75 for earlier sense “sexual defilement”; late Middle English < Latin maculātiōn- (stem of maculātiō). See maculate, -ion
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Historical Examples

  • Meticulose -us: is a maculation in the form of a series of colored flames.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Quiet: subdued: not conspicuous or contrasting in color or maculation.

  • The maculation of the under side is as represented in the plate.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • Strigile -is: maculation that consists of parallel longitudinal lines: a deep sinus near base of first joint of anterior tarsus.

  • Ustulatus: scorched: applied to a maculation that has the appearance of having been burned in.

British Dictionary definitions for maculation


  1. a pattern of spots, as on certain animals and plants
  2. 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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