mottled mottled  /ˈmɑ təld/


  • (adj) having spots or patches of color


  1. Kennedy's face sometimes looks flushed and mottled, with the classic alcoholic signs of burst capillaries, puffiness and gin-roses of the drunk.
  2. It is a measure of Clinton's good fortune--or careful targeting--that the women who have come forward to accuse him over the years have records just as mottled as his.
  3. Cupped in hills, just a mottled dun patch from the air, lies Harar, Ethiopia's second city.


  1. Mapping alien planets a long-distance dilemma

    By Elizabeth HowellSpace.comMapping the surface features of farflung alien planets is a tough task, as a simple example illustrates.Rapidly spin a globe with black and white regions painted evenly on its surface. These distinct sections fade to a mottled grey when seen in certain orientations."You don’t see it in the light curve from the planet, so I call it a stealth map or a ninja map," said ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: MSNBC

  2. Outfit of the Week: Red, Hot, and Super Cool

    These mint silk cigarette pants by Raoul have a polished look and sophisticated feel that begs for the striking contrast of J.Crew's flame-red pullover. It's a combo that can handle racier accessories, like these platform wedges with leopard mottled toes. And to offset the loudness of everything else, Marni's subtle ... More »
    on June 10, 2013     Source: New York Magazine


  • You can watch the prose clicking into a kind of rapturous hard-sf overdrive as Banks begins to describe it: "Sursamen collected adjectives the way ordinary planets collected moons. It was Arithmetic, it was Mottled, it was Disputed, it was Multiply...
    on Feb 8, 2008 By: Iain Banks Source:

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