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speck

[spek]
(plant pathology)
A fungus or bacterial disease of rice characterized by speckled grains.
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The next day there were very few ships in sight from our mast-heads - seven at most, perhaps, with a few more distant specks, hull down, beyond the magic ring of the horizon.
And in such fashion another speck was disclosed, and another.
When but one speck of gold rewarded his washing, he stopped and built a fire of dry twigs.
There, balancing lightly upon a swaying bough, he sought in the direction of the eastern horizon for the tiny speck that would be the British plane bearing away from him the last of his own race and kind that he expected ever again to see.
You will get a better idea of the magnitude of the sidereal system, however, by remembering that, in comparison with it, the distances of our entire solar system are as mere specks.
That will be a long time in which to be isolated upon a savage little speck of land off the larger but no less savage Borneo.
His eyes were fixed upon a black speck at the end of the level roadway which led to the Tower.
Better far that your bones should bleach in this wilderness than that you should prove to be that little speck of decay which in time corrupts the whole fruit.
Far away, across the meadows, they could now see two tiny specks, speeding one after the other; and they knew these specks must be the Griffin and the Saw-Horse.
The little group of black specks with the flag of white had been swept out of existence, and the stillness of the evening, so it seemed to me, had scarcely been broken.
A bugle note was heard, and a cluster of black specks was distinguishable against the snows of the upper heights.
It is something to squander and throw to the four winds, for the fun of seeing the golden specks fly.