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

  • adj. Dotted or covered with speckles, especially flecked with small spots of contrasting color.
  • adj. Of a mixed character; motley.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Marked with dots.
  • adj. Sporadically and irregularly marked.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Marked or variegated with small spots of a different color from that of the rest of the surface.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Spotted; specked; marked with small spots of indeterminate character; maculate: specifically noting many animals.
  • Variegated in appearance or character; diversified; motley; piebald: as, a speckled company.
  • A British geometrid moth, Cleora viduaria.

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

  • adj. having a pattern of dots


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  • Heavily speckled from the chocolate cookie crumbs, these cookies also have a great look to them.

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  • "speckled" is from a root "to color"; answering to the Jewish blending together with paganism the altogether diverse Mosaic ritual.

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  • Threw a super spook on the back side of a floating log and while trying to free it with line snaps, a 5 lb bass came up and unhooked my lure and swimming free of the hang, alowing me to make an easy catch. another one was while wade fishing the Laguna Madre, a 26 in speckled trout swam up trying to throw a jig, I reached down and grabed it behind the head before it knew what was going on, oh the days.

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  • Mrs. Spencer opened the door of the little house and called the speckled hen, who ran out clucking and calling her chickens after her.

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  • The moonlight had crept up to the foot of the bed, and now lay on it like a broad blue sword speckled as with rust by the patchwork counterpane.

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  • They are called speckled bass, calico bass and a few other names, but they are officially crappie and in this part of the state black crappie.

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  • Texas officials issued an advisory last summer for the Galveston Bay area, urging consumers to limit intake of spotted sea trout, also known as speckled trout, and gafttop catfish to no more than one 8-ounce meal a month.

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  • The small speckled pheasant found in the same country with that above discribed, differs from it only in point of size and somewhat in colour. it is scarcely half the size of the other; ascociates in much larger flocks and is very gentle. the black is more predominant and the dark bron feathers less frequent in this than the larger species. the mixture of white is also more general on every part of this bird. it is considerably smaller than our pheasant and the body reather more round. in other particulars they differ not at all from the large black and white pheasant. this by way of distinction I have called the speckled pheasant. the flesh of both these species of party coloured phesants is of a dark colour and with the means we had of cooking them not very well flavored.

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  • In this instance the bread is 'speckled' with currants, sultanas and dried peel.

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