blotchwork

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From blotch +‎ work.

Noun[edit]

blotchwork (plural not attested)

  1. Something with a blotchy appearance.
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
      He was clothed in what had once been a suit of black material, but was now so bleached by sun and soaked in a hundred dews that it had become a threadbare blotchwork of olive-and-grey rags []
    • 1983, Norman Spinrad, The Void Captain's Tale
      Her cheeks were a hideous blotchwork of flush and pallor, and there were great blackened hollows under her grit-sealed eyes.
    • 2000, Brian Evenson, Contagion and other stories
      The brain had been removed, the emptied interior case showing in its blotchwork signs of siriasis or, as it is commonly called, sideration.