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Friday, November 04, 2005

Definitions for dapple

  1. A small contrasting spot or blotch.
  2. A mottled appearance, especially of the coat of an animal (as a horse).
  3. To mark with patches of a color or shade; to spot.

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Citations for dapple
Look at . . . his cows with their comic camouflage dapples . . . . Arthur C. Danto, ArtForum
70 diamond- and hexagonal-shaped holes, 35 between the North End ramp and the northbound lanes, and 35 between the northbound and southbound lanes, allow light to filter through and dapple the river below. Raphael Lewis, Boston Globe
Origin of dapple
1545-1555
Dapple derives from Old Norse depill, "a spot."