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Sunday, May 09, 1999

dapple

\DAP-uhl\ , noun;
1.
A small contrasting spot or blotch.
2.
A mottled appearance, especially of the coat of an animal (as a horse).
transitive verb:
1.
To mark with patches of a color or shade; to spot.
intransitive verb:
1.
To become dappled.
adjective:
1.
Marked with contrasting patches or spots; dappled.
Quotes:
Look at . . . his cows with their comic camouflage dapples . . . .
-- Arthur C. Danto, "Sometimes Red", ArtForum, January 2002
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, "A walk into the future", Boston Globe, May 9, 2002
Gentle shafts of sunlight . . . dapple the grass.
-- Gail Sheehy, Hillary's Choice
Origin:
Dapple derives from Old Norse depill, "a spot."
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