One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Spotted or stained.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Stromatoporoids with maculate microstructure constituted the family Stromatoporidae, whereas those with more solid-looking microstructure constituted four other families.’
- ‘He had his most memorable moment in Sweden in 2007 during the World Championship, where he was dressed in the maculate pattern race suit.’
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.’
Late Middle English (as a verb): from Latin maculat- ‘spotted’, from maculare ‘to spot’, from macula ‘spot’.
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