mottle definition by Webster's New World
transitive verb mottled, mottling
to mark with blotches, streaks, and spots of different colors or shades
Origin: back-formation ; from mottled ; from motley plush -ed
- such a blotch, streak, or spot
- a mottled pattern or coloring, as of marble
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- mottled adjective
mottle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb mot·tled, mot·tling, mot·tles
To mark with spots or blotches of different shades or colors.noun
- A spot or blotch of color.
- A variegated pattern, as on marble.
Origin: Probably back-formation from motley.
- motˈtler noun