Origin: back-form. from mottled from motley plush -ed
- such a blotch, streak, or spot
- a mottled pattern or coloring, as of marble
- mottled adjective
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transitive verb mot·tled, mot·tling, mot·tles
- A spot or blotch of color.
- A variegated pattern, as on marble.
Origin: Probably back-formation from motley.
- motˈtler noun