Two rode horses of a dark bay colour, the third a dapple grey, and the fourth a sorrel.
No dapple of shadows was there, no rustle of leaves, no green, mossy trunks of trees.
He had followed the Duchess, but once in the castle, the absence of his dapple made him feel worried.
dapple had to lay down on all fours before the lads could bestride him.
The shadows of the fruited close dapple the feast-hall floor; There lie our dogs and dream and doze,And we return no more.
She was as large as six elephants, and of a burnt sorrel colour with dapple grey spots; but, above all, she had a horrible tail.
He hated light, he loathed the shade, he scorned the meekness of the dapple, and he cursed the darkness.
But, notwithstanding his tears and lamentations, he kept urging on his dapple to get far enough from the cart.
His eyes were skilled to observe in the moving dusk and dapple of green woods.
And so, vexed and dejected though not hungry, without dismounting from dapple he followed in the footsteps of Rocinante.
early 15c. (implied in past participle adjective dappled), perhaps from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse depill "spot," Norwegian dape "puddle." Perhaps a back-formation from, or merger with, Middle English adjective dapple-gray "apple-gray" (late 14c.), based on resemblance to the markings on an apple (cf. Old Norse apalgrar "dapple-gray"), or, as it was used of gray horses with round blotches, perhaps via resemblance to apples themselves.