To mark with spots or blotches of different shades or colors.
A spot or blotch of color.
A variegated pattern, as on marble.
To mark with blotches, streaks, and spots of different colors or shades.
Such a blotch, streak, or spot.
A mottled pattern or coloring, as of marble.
A distinguishing blotch of color.
Mottled coloration or pattern.
The most common symptom is a mild mottle on the youngest leaves of infected plants.
Origin of mottle
- Probably back-formation from motley
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 1670-80 Probably back formation from motley