Definition of maculate in English:

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maculate

Pronunciation: /ˈmakyəˌlāt/
literary

adjective

Spotted or stained.
Example sentences
  • Stromatoporoids with maculate microstructure constituted the family Stromatoporidae, whereas those with more solid-looking microstructure constituted four other families.
  • On the sternites the maculate pattern is repeated, but with a greater quantity of white scales.
  • He had his most memorable moment in Sweden in 2007 during the World Championship, where he was dressed in the maculate pattern race suit.

verb

[with object]
Mark with a spot or spots; stain.
Example sentences
  • Little dirty hands had maculated the lower part of the walls with mud, gouache and colour pencils.
  • Swans, geese, seagulls, ducks and one giant heron maculated the lake in spots of white, brown, and grey.

Derivatives

maculation

Pronunciation: /ˌmakyəˈlāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Nantes-based artist Jackie Dumonteil has designed a blue and white spray-paint maculation of the inner, corrugated surface.
  • Objects were painted to either simulate the color and maculation of Brownheaded Cowbirds eggs (i.e., off-white background with brown speckles [see Harrison 1978) or they were painted immaculate white.
  • The tiger beetles within the Amargosa River drainage are notable in their extreme reduction in maculation (spots and markings).

Origin

Late Middle English (as a verb): from Latin maculat- 'spotted', from the verb maculare, from macula 'spot'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: mac·u·late

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