verb (used with object), mot·tled, mot·tling.
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Origin of mottle
OTHER WORDS FROM mottlemot·tle·ment, nounmottler, noun
Example sentences from the Web for mottle
Again the octopus’ skin mottles, and then again, the second time not much resembling the grouper’s patterns but rather a constellation of lights.Octopuses Find New Hunting Buddies - Issue 95: Escape|Brandon Keim|January 28, 2021|Nautilus
It lands with mischievous accuracy, mottling the crotch of my jeans.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway|Kevin Zawacki|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In life the dorsum is greenish tan with brown mottling; in some individuals the entire dorsum is dark chocolate brown.The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacn, Mxico|William E. Duellman
Every vein and crack and mottling of that face of rock remained forever stamped upon his memory.The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle
Through the fog, which has become much less dense, a number of dark objects are visible, mottling the surface of the water.The Land of Fire|Mayne Reid
There stole a grey pallor over his bull face, mottling all the red of the tropics and the flush of the wine.The Dealings of Captain Sharkey|A. Conan Doyle
Its normal colour is mauve; the lip has a big yellow blotch and a mottling of purple in the front.The Woodlands Orchids|Frederick Boyle