the visual appearance of a star as viewed through a large telescope, with irregularities caused by the distorting effect of local turbulence in the earth's atmosphere.
Words You Didn’t Know Were Inspired By AnimalsDid you know that the word ”muscle” is derived from the Latin word for ”mouse”? And this isn't the only word in the English language that is unexpectedly inspired by animals.
Lexical Investigations: MotleyThe exact origin of motley is uncertain, but it’s likely to have come from the Middle English word mote, meaning “speck.” It makes sense then that mottled and speckled have similar meanings. Mottle is actually a back formation of motley. In the sixteenth century, the multicolored clothing worn by a fool or court jester became known as a motley. The phrase “motley fool” harkens back to …
- speckle interferometry,
- speckled trout,
- speckled wood,
Origin of speckle pattern
First recorded in 1960–65
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