I. transitive verb Etymology: back-formation from flecked spotted, from Middle English; akin to Old High German flec spot, Old Norse flekkr Date: 14th century 1. streak, spot <
whitecaps flecked the blue sea
2. to color as if by sprinkling with flecks <
his wit is flecked with sarcasm — James Atlas
II. noun Date: 1598 1. spot, mark <
a brown tweed with flecks of yellow
2. flake, particle <
flecks of snow drifted down

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