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blotch

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
red
▪ On Thursday night Chris came out in dark red blotches.
▪ They were covered in big, red, ugly blotches.
▪ Then, in February 1944, her face became disfigured by red blotches and her skin started peeling.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ He had no idea what was causing the red blotches on his skin.
▪ I first noticed the purple blotches on my neck on Thursday.
▪ That red blotch in the painting is supposed to be the sun.
▪ The patient had purple blotches under his eyes.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Better that those blotches meant nose cancer; at least I could go to the hospital and get flowers.
▪ Changes in sea temperature or salinity can cause the algae to leave, causing white blotches to form.
▪ If there are none of the white blotches that mean hemorrhage, he begins an examination to diagnose stroke.
▪ On Thursday night Chris came out in dark red blotches.
▪ Shimmering on the surface of the water were massive, shiny blotches of oil.
▪ The mouth flew open wider this time, a blotch of sick color.
▪ Uneven blotches and crinkly patches are on the leaf surface.
▪ When grown in subdued light, the leaves become greenish-brown or bronze colour with greenish blotches.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Blotch

Blotch \Blotch\, n. [Cf. OE. blacche in blacchepot blacking pot, akin to black, as bleach is akin to bleak. See Black, a., or cf. Blot a spot.]

  1. A blot or spot, as of color or of ink; especially a large or irregular spot. Also Fig.; as, a moral blotch.

    Spots and blotches . . . some red, others yellow.
    --Harvey.

  2. (Med.) A large pustule, or a coarse eruption.

    Foul scurf and blotches him defile.
    --Thomson.

WordNet

blotch

  1. n. an irregularly shaped spot [syn: splodge, splotch]

  2. v. mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained [syn: mottle, streak]

Wiktionary

blotch

n. 1 An uneven patch of color or discoloration. 2 An irregularly shaped spot. vb. (context transitive English) To mark with blotches.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

blotch

c.1600, perhaps a blend of blot and botch or patch.

Wikipedia

Usage examples of "blotch".

He stared out frantically at the earth beneath, glimpsing a blotch of white in a savannah off to his right and in the same instant recognizing another airtruck banking beside him, the insignia of his own Irmandades bright on its side.

I pointed to some red blotches around the nipples, crotch, thighs and buttocks.

The lizard is speckled with orange-red and yellow blotches, so perfectly camouflaged it is like picking a face out in a picture puzzle to see him.

The Red Hots bring you out in red blotches and dots, squirming around on your red-hot ass, itching to pop, and you can top it with a Red Pop.

A red silk curtain scented with rose oil, musk, sperm, rectal mucus, ozone and raw meat goes up on a hospital ward of boys covered with phosphorescent red blotches that glow and steam the fever smell off them, shuddering, squirming, shivering, eyes burning, legs up, teeth bare, whispering the ancient evil fever words.

Jerry live onstage, naked with his hands tied, face and body covered with red blotches, a baneful red glow behind him.

The landscape had showed crimson and gray on the ground-screen, the woods mottled, the hills had been blotches and black holes.

Drifts of mist obscured it, and there were formless dark patches and pale blotches upon the night, and here and there a brook crawled across the blackness.

Dark blotches against the ice suggested the location of the waiting Tran.

Splashes and blotches of blood were on their white skin, on the bed-clothes, on the floor, and on an ivory Christ which hung in the alcove.

The species of shroud that was wrapped around him had fallen below his loins, and his shoulders and chest and lean arms were hidden under blotches of scaly pustules.

Two china spaniels with liver-coloured blotches on their coats and black noses sit on either side of the fireplace.

An ancient road ran close to the edge of the cliff, its flat pavement, splashed with the yellow and gray blotches of lichens , so wide that twenty men could have ridden abreast along it.

The beams looked solid enough, but it was easy to see where fresh paint had been applied to conceal the tell-tale blotches of softening decay.

An ancient road ran close to the edge of the cliff, its flat pavement, splashed with the yellow and gray blotches of lichens, so wide that twenty men could have ridden abreast along it.