Mottled is defined as marked in streaks and spots of different colors or shades.
An example of mottled is the coloring on the teeth of a cigarette smoker and coffee drinker.
Spotted or blotched with different shades or colors.
(comparative more mottled, superlative most mottled)
- Colored in patches; spotted
- The mottled skin of the snake was a camouflage that helped it blend in with the shadows.
- Simple past tense and past participle of mottle.
1670-80 mottle +"Ž -ed.
- Dustin's face was a mottled mess of emotions.
- The wild stock is of an olive-green, mottled with dark brown above, and greenish-yellow beneath.
- A mixed forest of deciduous and conifer trees formed a dense covering of mottled greens.
- The wing-quills are brownish black, banded with mottled white, and those of the tail, except the middle pair, which are wholly greyish brown, are banded with mottled white at the base and the tip, but dark brown for the rest of their length.
- This property is usually obtained by mixing soft and hard soaps, or, more rarely, by adding gum tragacanth to a hard soap. In the textile trades the wool scourer employs a neutral olive-oil soap, or, on account of its cheapness, a neutral curd or curd mottled brand; the cotton cleanser, on the other hand, uses an alkaline soap, but for cleaning printed cottons a neutral olive-oil curd soap is used, for, in this case, free alkali and resin are objectionable; olive-oil soap, free from caustic alkali, but often with sodium carbonate, is also used in cleansing silk fibres, although hard soaps free from resin are frequently employed for their cheapness.