mot|tled [ˈmɔtld US ˈma:-] adj
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: mottle 'to mark with spots' (17-21 centuries), probably from motley]
covered with spots or coloured areas
mottled with
The book's pages were mottled with brown stains.
His red, mottled face showed the effect of too much whisky.

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  • Mottled — Mot tled, a. [From {Motley}.] Marked with spots of different colors; variegated; spotted; as, mottled wood. The mottled meadows. Drayton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mottled — (adj.) 1670s, pp. adjective; see MOTTLE (Cf. mottle) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mottled — spotted, spattered, sprinkled, flecked, stippled, marbled, speckled, spangled, bespangled (see under SPOT vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mottled — [adj] speckled blotchy, checkered, dappled, flecked, freckled, maculate, marbled, motley, piebald, pied, skewbald, spotted, streaked, tabby, variegated; concepts 606,618 Ant. plain, unflecked …   New thesaurus

  • mottled — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ marked with patches of a different colour. ORIGIN probably from MOTLEY(Cf. ↑motley) …   English terms dictionary

  • Mottled — Mottle Mot tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mottled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mottling}.] [From {Mottled}.] To mark with spots of different color, or shades of color, as if stained; to spot; to maculate. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mottled — [[t]mɒ̱t(ə)ld[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is mottled is covered with patches of different colours which do not form a regular pattern. ...mottled green and yellow leaves …   English dictionary

  • mottled — adjective covered with patterns of light and dark colours of different shapes: mottled like an owl s feathers | His red, mottled face showed the effect of too much whiskey …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mottled — adjective / mɑt əld/ Colored in patches; spotted The mottled skin of the snake was a camouflage that helped it blend in with the shadows …   Wiktionary

  • mottled — mot|tled [ matld ] adjective covered with spots of light or dark colors of different shapes: a duck with mottled brown feathers …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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