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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of spotting; a spot; a blemish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of spotting; a spot; a blemish; a macula.

from The 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.

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

  • n. a small contrasting part of something
  • n. the act of spotting or staining something


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • If anything, Mr. Kucinich spares the Karzai cartel and his family the public maculation they've truly earned.

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  • Meticulose - us: is a maculation in the form of a series of colored flames.

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  • Panorpatae: = Mecoptera; q.v. Pantherine: in color, almost like cervinus; q.v.: in maculation, like those of a panther.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Nick of the Woods

  • 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.

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  • The idea that solar maculation depends in some way upon the position of the planets occurred to Galileo in 1612. [

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