dapple

[dap-uhl]
noun
1.
a spot or mottled marking, usually occurring in clusters.
2.
an animal with a mottled skin or coat.
adjective
3.
dappled; spotted: a dapple horse.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dappled, dappling.
4.
to mark or become marked with spots.

Origin:
1545–55; probably back formation from dappled

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dapple (ˈdæpəl)
 
vb
1.  to mark or become marked with spots or patches of a different colour; mottle
 
n
2.  mottled or spotted markings
3.  a dappled horse, etc
 
adj
4.  marked with dapples or spots
 
[C14: of unknown origin]

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dapple
c.1400 (dappled), perhaps a back-formation from dapple-grey "apple-grey" (late 14c.), by resemblance to the markings on an apple (cf. O.N. apalgrar "dapple-gray"), or, as it was used of gray horses with round blotches, perhaps of apples themselves.
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Example sentences for dapples
Some double dapples have problems with deafness and blindness.
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