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1. Markings in the form of spots on an organism: a thorax with pale maculation.
2. Archaic The act of spotting or staining or the condition of being spotted or stained.
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1. (Biology) a pattern of spots, as on certain animals and plants
2. archaic the act of maculating or the state of being maculated
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(ˌmæk yəˈleɪ ʃən)

1. the act of spotting.
2. a spotted condition.
3. a pattern of spots or streaks, as on an animal or plant.
4. a disfiguring spot or stain.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maculation - a small contrasting part of somethingmaculation - a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of red"
marking - a pattern of marks
speck, pinpoint - a very small spot; "the plane was just a speck in the sky"
nebula - (pathology) a faint cloudy spot on the cornea
splash - a patch of bright color; "her red hat gave her outfit a splash of color"
worn spot, fret - a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
plaque - (pathology) a small abnormal patch on or inside the body
macule, macula - a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases
mock sun, parhelion, sundog - a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals; "two or more parhelia are usually seen at once"
macula, sunspot - a cooler darker spot appearing periodically on the sun's photosphere; associated with a strong magnetic field
facula - a large bright spot on the sun's photosphere occurring most frequently in the vicinity of sunspots
facula - a bright spot on a planet
2.maculation - the act of spotting or staining somethingmaculation - the act of spotting or staining something
dirtying, soiling, soilure - the act of soiling something
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This small species has a proportionately short pronotum relative to the elytra, and a distinctive dorsal maculation, filiform tarsi, truncate and denticulate elytral apices, and antennae reaching two antennomeres beyond apices of pronotal hind angles.
Rhynchophorus ferrugineus sensu stricto, typified by its orange coloration and varying degrees of black maculation on the pronotum, has already successfully invaded most countries of the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Basin, but has not been recorded from the USA (El-Mergawy et al 2011; Rugman-Jones et al.
tenuipennis were notably polychromatic, occurring side-by-side on fourwing saltbush in green, pink, pale yellow, ivory, and rusty morphs that exhibited sparse to heavy maculation.
In Part One, he considers maculation theory, the idea that gaps and contradictions in biblical texts are stimulus to ever-new engagement and discovery.
Previous summer records of Spotted Bat (Euderma maculation) are known only from LCC.
Discussion: Species in this genus are distinguished based on characteristics of pronotum punctation and maculation, connexiva coloration, and characters related to male genitalia and medial lobes of the 8th abdominal tergum.
In these sections of the book, Acri discusses the Lord conceptualised as both the absolute and personal god in the light of monist and dualist doctrines; the relationship between the Lord and the soul and the processes of maculation and liberation; the evolution of the principals of the universe and the geography of the cosmic egg; the principal of the intellect (buddhi), which is the point of intersection of macrocosm and microcosm that is the individual and the explanation that the work gives of the development of human physiology, the form of the body and the 'vessels' (nadi) through which the breaths which sustain the body circulate.
neavei McDunnough, 1928, based on the two species being similar and stable in structure, but variable with respect to coloration and maculation of the body, especially the abdomen.
What Santner's model of answerability between persons (or cultures and traditions for that matter) opens up for the staging of texts like Roth's in the act of their being read is the staining of them that is any reader's responsibility, the maculation that Roth says in The Human Stain "is there before its mark ...
Model cowbird eggs were constructed using molds of real cowbird eggs sampled from the Delta Marsh area and simulated cowbird eggs in color, shape, and mass, although real cowbird eggs vary in the degree of maculation (Fig.
The mesentery contained lymph nodes with haemorrhagic maculation and ectatic sinuses.