American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of spotting or staining or the condition of being spotted or stained.
- n. The spotted markings of a plant or an animal, such as the spots of the leopard.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of spotting, or the state of being spotted.
- n. The manner of spotting, or the pattern of the spots with which an animal or plant is marked.
- n. A staining; defilement; smirching.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of spotting; a spot; a blemish; a macula.
- n. a small contrasting part of something
- n. the act of spotting or staining something
“If anything, Mr. Kucinich spares the Karzai cartel and his family the public maculation they've truly earned.”
“Meticulose - us: is a maculation in the form of a series of colored flames.”
“Panorpatae: = Mecoptera; q.v. Pantherine: in color, almost like cervinus; q.v.: in maculation, like those of a panther.”
“Lumper: one who, in describing species or genera recognizes only prominent or obvious characters to the exclusion of minor color or variable characters of maculation or structure: see splitter.”
“The _Pompilidæ_ are species of great beauty, some closely resembling those of Australia in the banding and maculation of their wings; amongst the _Vespidæ_ will be found some of the most elegant and beautiful forms in the whole of that protean family of Hymenoptera.”
“With that he placidly resumed his walk, and was soon seated in the stern-sheets of a whaleboat manned by uproarious Kanakas, himself daintily perched out of the way of the least maculation, giving his commands in an unobtrusive, dinner-table tone of voice, and sweeping neatly enough alongside the schooner.”
“An old blanket-coat, or wrap-rascal, once white, but now of the same muddy brown hue that stained his visage -- and once also of sufficient length to defend his legs, though the skirts had long since been transferred to the cuffs and elbows, where they appeared in huge patches -- covered the upper part of his body; while the lower boasted a pair of buckskin breeches and leather wrappers, somewhat its junior in age, but its rival in mud and maculation.”
“That same night word was sent his master, and the rising practitioner, shaken up from where he lay, all innocence, before the fire, was had out to a dykeside and promptly shot; for alas! he was that foulest of criminals under trust, a sheep-eater; and it was from the maculation of sheep’s blood that he had come so far to cleanse himself in the pool behind Kirk Yetton.”
“The idea that solar maculation depends in some way upon the position of the planets occurred to Galileo in 1612. [”
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