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

  • adj. Spotted or blotched with different shades or colors.

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  • adj. Colored in patches; spotted
  • v. simple past of mottle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Marked with spots of different colors; variegated; spotted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Spotted; variegated; marked with blotches of color, of unequal intensity, passing insensibly into one another.
  • Specifically
  • In entomology, marked with irregular spots, generally formed of hairs of a different color from the ground; having two or more colors irregularly mingled in spots, but not running into one another.
  • In metallurgy, an epithet noting the appearance of pig-iron when in a stage intermediate between the stages designated as the white and the gray.

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

  • adj. having spots or patches of color


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1670-80 mottle +‎ -ed.


  • Her bright russet hair sliding out of a barrette, her skin mottled, her face carefully neutral.

    Excerpt: Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber

  • Under his feet was the velvet grass, the trees arched overhead, and he stood in mottled sunshine.

    Created He Them

  • "Toasted skin syndrome" is what Swiss researchers have dubbed a mottled-skin condition caused by long-term heat exposure.

    Toasted skin syndrome: Laptops burning skin

  • The hemp, nutmeg and sage colors are kind of mottled while the others are solid.

    PAPERSTONE & RICHLITE: From Countertop to Half Pipe! | Inhabitat

  • But we can always find some other expert who disagrees -- my own take would be that there are probably real shadows in some pix that exhibit similar "mottled" behavior.

    Posthuman Blues

  • The Superman symbols turn this kind of mottled, leprous purple, and the milk turns a lovely shade of blue, just like Aunt Beru used to make.

    Sweet New Silver-Screen Cereals

  • The last of the camellias are fading, three in a row: a candy pink smaller flower, a large mid-crimson and a large deeper red with a kind of mottled pattern.

    What I cooked last night.

  • The most prominent symptom was a discoloration of the skin, a kind of mottled-bronze or grayish effect produced by the overproduction of the skin pigment melanin.

    The Human Brain

  • On the stretcher, so covered up that only his face was visible, lay one whom at first I failed to recognize, for the horribly contorted features presented a kind of mottled green appearance utterly indescribable.

    The Green Eyes of Bâst

  • He looked kind of mottled and anguished, but I guess he'll pull around all right.

    Ruggles of Red Gap


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  • "-in the mottled patterns of their battered torso..." Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

    October 17, 2010