Speck (?), n. [Cf. Icel. spik blubber, AS. spic, D. spek, G. speck.]

The blubber of whales or other marine mammals; also, the fat of the hippopotamus.

Speck falls Naut., falls or ropes rove through blocks for hoisting the blubber and bone of whales on board a whaling vessel.


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Speck, n. [OE. spekke, AS. specca; cf. LG. spaak.]


A small discolored place in or on anything, or a small place of a color different from that of the main substance; a spot; a stain; a blemish; as, a speck on paper or loth; specks of decay in fruit.

"Gray sand, with black specks."



A very small thing; a particle; a mite; as, specks of dust; he has not a speck of money.

Many bright specks bubble up along the blue Egean. Landor.

3. Zool.

A small etheostomoid fish (Ulocentra stigmaea) common in the Eastern United States.


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Speck, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Specked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Specking.]

To cause the presence of specks upon or in, especially specks regarded as defects or blemishes; to spot; to speckle; as, paper specked by impurities in the water used in its manufacture.

Carnation, purple, azure, or specked with gold. Milton.


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