/ken"spek'euhl/, adj. Scot. and North Eng.
conspicuous; easily seen or recognized.
Also, kenspeckled.
[1705-15; deriv. (see -LE) of kenspeck ( < Scand; cf. Norw kjennespak quick at recognizing, lit., know-clever); see KEN1]

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