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fleck

A small spot, mark, or figure in wood, usually caused by wood rays, or other irregular growth characteristics, e.g., natural deposits of gummy matter.
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His face was lean and haggard, and the brown parchment-like skin was drawn tightly over the projecting bones; his long, brown hair and beard were all flecked and dashed with white; his eyes were sunken in his head, and burned with an unnatural lustre; while the hand which grasped his rifle was hardly more fleshy than that of a skeleton.
A scarred and wrinkled precipice rises to a height of eighteen hundred feet; on a tiny bench half way up its vast wall, sits a little snowflake of a church, no bigger than a martin-box, apparently; skirting the base of the cliff are a hundred orange groves and gardens, flecked with glimpses of the white dwellings that are buried in them; in front, three or four gondolas lie idle upon the water--and in the burnished mirror of the lake, mountain, chapel, houses, groves and boats are counterfeited so brightly and so clearly that one scarce knows where the reality leaves off and the reflection begins!
In addition, these two recent music video projects, Bela Flecks Throw Down Your Heart and Mark Johnson's Playing for Change, make a powerful case for Africa as the cornerstone of contemporary popular culture and the musical heart and soul of the planet.
And during Flecks Gambian visit, we see a man split a dried gourd, stretch an animal skin tight across it, and construct an akonting before our eyes.
Q For years, our bathroom faucet has spewed out black flecks when we run the hot water.
And since the flecks only show up in the bathroom sink, the valve is the only possibility left.
Tokyo, Japan, Jan 25, 2006 - (JCN) - Kao, a leading Japanese cosmetics and toiletries manufacturer, announced on January 24 that its Biological Science Research Laboratories have elucidated the mechanism of skin flecks by quantitatively analyzing endothelin and stem cell factor (SCF), a substance involved in melanocyte development.
ECHO readers have showered rescue dog Flecks with Valentine's Day cards, gifts and goodwill messages following an appeal last month.
New isotopic analyses of rock samples from one of the world's richest gold-mining regions suggest that the flecks of gold in those ores are more than 3 billion years old.
When he went to tame the acreage the Flecks bought in the shadow of Mount Magazine, "all you could see was the top of big pine trees," he said.
And Robert Fleck's wife Jayne said: "There aren't many of us Flecks around.
Flecks may be the girl for you - as long as you don't mind four legs instead of two!