Definition of 'mottle'
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They have golden stripes on their head and down their richly mottled back. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Their mottled brown back can make it very hard to see them against the bark. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Their mottled brown and streaked feathers are at their best in the few weeks before breeding begins. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The females are mottled brown and are less easily noticed. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The females are a mottled brown and orange. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The female is a mottled brown. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They include slurred speech, muscle pain and mottled skin. The Sun (2014)The skin is mottled pale orange, the paste parchment yellow. Food Watch (1994)A veil wrapped tightly around her face shows as little of her mottled skin as she can manage. Times, Sunday Times (2009)They are a pale mottled brown all over, and they look to me like flying dollops of creamy porridge. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Others still have the mottled brown back of their summer plumage, while the juvenile birds are a chequered grey above. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The young stay six weeks in the nest before they can fly, by which time they are mottled brown birds. Times, Sunday Times (2014)These are still a dark mottled brown, and will not acquire their full white plumage until they are four years old. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Then their skin became mottled, sometimes turning purple, as mucus flooded the lungs. The Sun (2014)His skin was mottled and his hair, a nasty ginger colour, hung over his forehead like a mop. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Caught in sunlight, they are beautiful birds, since the yellow stripes on their mottled brown backs shine like gold. Times, Sunday Times (2015)In fact, very little apart from the walls is new, and they have been painted with mottled colours or in timeless white. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
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