Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tiny mark or spot.
  • noun A small bit or flake.
  • transitive verb To spot or streak.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dialectal form of flitch.
  • noun A spot; a streak; a splash; a stain.
  • noun Specifically In entomology, an irregular and generally elongate dot of color: applied especially to such dots on the wings of butterflies and moths.
  • noun A flake; a lock.
  • To spot; streak or stripe; dapple. Also flecker.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A spot; a streak; a speckle.
  • transitive verb To spot; to streak or stripe; to variegate; to dapple.
  • noun obsolete A flake; also, a lock, as of wool.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A flake
  • noun A lock, as of wool.
  • noun A small spot or streak; a speckle.
  • verb transitive To mark with small spots

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
  • noun a small contrasting part of something
  • verb make a spot or mark onto

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from Middle English flekked, spotted; akin to Old Norse flekkr, spot.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English flekked, from Old Norse flekka ("to spot"), from Proto-Germanic *flekk-.

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