from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A speck or small spot, as a natural dot of color on skin, plumage, or foliage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small spot or speck on the skin, plumage or foliage.
- n. The random distribution of light when it is scattered by a rough surface.
- v. To mark with speckles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A little or spot in or anything, of a different substance or color from that of the thing itself.
- transitive v. To mark with small spots of a different color from that of the rest of the surface; to variegate with spots of a different color from the ground or surface.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little speck or spot; a speckled marking; the state of being speckled: as, yellow with patches of speckle.
- n. Color; hence, kind; sort.
- To mark with specks or spots; fleck; speck; spot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. mark with small spots
- v. produce a mottled effect
- n. a small contrasting part of something
Middle English spakle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The noun is from Middle Dutch spekkel; the verb was later coined from the noun, in the late 16th century. (Wiktionary)