Origin of mottleback-formation ; from mottled ; from motley + -ed
- such a blotch, streak, or spot
- a mottled pattern or coloring, as of marble
transitive verbmot·tled, mot·tling, mot·tles
- A spot or blotch of color.
- A variegated pattern, as on marble.
Origin of mottleProbably back-formation from motley.
(third-person singular simple present mottles, present participle mottling, simple past and past participle mottled)
- a distinguishing blotch of color
- mottled coloration or pattern
- The most common symptom is a mild mottle on the youngest leaves of infected plants.
1670-80 Probably back formation from motley