Definition of maculate in English:

maculate

adjective

literary
  • Spotted or stained.

    • ‘He had his most memorable moment in Sweden in 2007 during the World Championship, where he was dressed in the maculate pattern race suit.’
    • ‘Stromatoporoids with maculate microstructure constituted the family Stromatoporidae, whereas those with more solid-looking microstructure constituted four other families.’
    • ‘On the sternites the maculate pattern is repeated, but with a greater quantity of white scales.’
    • ‘He suggested that maculate or melanospheric microstructure may have evolved from [micro-] reticulate microstructure, but indicated the need for more information to verify this conclusion.’
    mottled, dappled, dapple, pied, piebald, brindled, brindle, speckled, speckly, flecked, specked, stippled
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • Mark with a spot or spots; stain.

    • ‘Swans, geese, seagulls, ducks and one giant heron maculated the lake in spots of white, brown, and grey.’
    • ‘Little dirty hands had maculated the lower part of the walls with mud, gouache and colour pencils.’
    mottled, dappled, dapple, pied, piebald, brindled, brindle, speckled, speckly, flecked, specked, stippled
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Origin

Late Middle English (as a verb): from Latin maculat- spotted from the verb maculare, from macula spot.

Pronunciation:

maculate

/ˈmakyəˌlāt/