Etymology
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speckle (v.)

mid-15c. (implied in speckled), probably related to Old English specca "small spot, speck" (see speck) or from a related Middle Dutch or Middle High German word. Related: Speckled; speckling. The noun is first attested mid-15c.

updated on November 05, 2013

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Definitions of speckle from WordNet
1
speckle (v.)
produce a mottled effect;
Synonyms: stipple
speckle (v.)
mark with small spots;
speckle the wall with tiny yellow spots
Synonyms: bespeckle
2
speckle (n.)
a small contrasting part of something;
Synonyms: spot / dapple / patch / fleck / maculation
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