1. the act of spotting.
  2. a spotted condition.
  3. a marking of spots, as on an animal.
  4. a disfiguring spot or stain.


  1. a pattern of spots, as on certain animals and plants
  2. archaic the act of maculating or the state of being maculated

n.mid-15c., from Latin maculationem (nominative maculatio), noun of action from past participle stem of maculare (see maculate).

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