AskDefine | Define mottle

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1 mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained [syn: streak, blotch]
2 colour with streaks or blotches of different shades [syn: dapple, cloud]

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  1. To mark with spots of different color, or shades of color, as if stained; to spot; to maculate.

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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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