One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Marked or decorated with spots.
mottled, dappled, dapple, pied, piebald, brindled, brindle, speckled, speckly, flecked, specked, stippledpolka-dot, spotty, dottedView synonyms
- ‘He walks a Dalmatian down the street and carries a black-and-white spotted banner in a parody of identity and affiliation.’
- ‘The spotted fur cape he wears in many pictures reinforces this wilderness imagery.’
- ‘The spotted owl case of 1990, which put federal forests in the Pacific Northwest off limits for logging, is one of the most notable.’
- ‘The natural philosophy that first attempted to rescue human beings from the mechanics of science now has been extended to all organic life from the spotted owls of our forests to valued bacteria in our soil.’
- ‘They raised cackling laying hens and pastured fat, spotted steers.’
- ‘The right side of his face was not entirely immobile, but rigid, as though molded from some obscene plastic, and above it the bare front of his scalp was frail and spotted brown, like a quail's egg.’
- ‘The black-and-white spotted machines, which serve dairy products exclusively, were installed in schools at the beginning of the school year.’
- ‘Edmund Spenser in his Amoretti sonnets compares his love with a spotted panther who attracts with beauty but shows no mercy and is cruel.’
- ‘In Dear, a spotted fawn stands in a field of daisies, gazing at the viewer with a moist brown eye.’
- ‘Unlike the more familiar and common pea aphid, relatively few spotted alfalfa aphids can significantly reduce the growth of alfalfa, particularly in new seedings.’
- ‘The cover shows a man in white suit with a ridiculous polka dotted tie, even more absurd spotted socks, and clownish white and black shoes.’
- ‘The white canines are splashed with glossy brown, giving an effect something like spotted fur but more like a spill or an abstract painting.’
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