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Dictionary Definition

mottled adj : having spots or patches of color [syn: dappled]

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  1. Colored in patches; spotted
    The mottled skin of the snake was a camouflage that helped it blend in with the shadows.


Extensive Definition

Mottle or mottling is the appearance of uneven, usually yellowish spots on plants. It is usually a symptom of disease or malnutrition. Many plant viruses cause this symptom, some examples being:
Mottling is sometimes used to describe uneven discolored patches on the skin of humans as a result of cutaneous ischemia (lowered blood flow to the surfaces of the skin) or Herpes zoster infections.


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