mottle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1670-80 Probably back formation from motley

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

mottle (third-person singular simple present mottles, present participle mottling, simple past and past participle mottled)

  1. To mark with spots of different color, or shades of color, as if stained; to spot; to maculate.

Noun[edit]

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mottle (plural mottles)

  1. a distinguishing blotch of color
  2. mottled coloration or pattern
    The most common symptom is a mild mottle on the youngest leaves of infected plants.