/frek"euhl/, n., v., freckled, freckling.
1. one of the small, brownish spots on the skin that are caused by deposition of pigment and that increase in number and darken on exposure to sunlight; lentigo.
2. any small spot or discoloration: freckles of paint spattered on the floor.
3. to cover with freckles; produce freckles on.
4. to become freckled.
[1350-1400; b. obs. frecken freckle (ME frekne < ON *frekna; cf. freknottr speckled, Norw, Icel frekna, Sw fräkna freckle) and SPECKLE (n.)]

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▪ skin pigmentation
also called  ephelis , plural  ephelides, 

      a small, brownish, well-circumscribed, stainlike spot on the skin occurring most frequently in red- or sandy-haired individuals. In genetically predisposed individuals who have been exposed to the ultraviolet radiation of sunlight, production of the pigment melanin increases in the pigment cells of the skin (melanocytes); the number of melanocytes does not increase. Freckles do not form on surfaces that have not been exposed to the sun. The freckles usually appear after the age of five and tend to fade somewhat in adults. Apart from avoiding sunlight, there is no known way of preventing them. They may, on occasion, be confused with pigmented nevi.

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