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[dap-uh l-grey] /ˈdæp əlˈgreɪ/
gray with ill-defined mottling of a darker shade.
Origin of dapple-gray
1350-1400; Middle English, perhaps *appelgrei, with d- from dappled; compare Old Norse apalgrār, apli dapple-gray horse Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The bishop himself mounted a dapple-gray, and down the road they went.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • It was you then who stole my dapple-gray horse with saddle and bridle?

    Early Plays Henrik Ibsen
  • Tell me, seest thou not yon knight coming towards us on a dapple-gray steed, with a helmet of gold on his head?

    Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote

    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • She saw the carriage move away, drawn by two dapple-gray ponies; she heard its occupants laughing merrily.

    Zula H. Esselstyn Lindley
  • Cinderella lets the mice out gently, and as the fairy touches them with her wand, each becomes a fine, dapple-gray horse.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10

    Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • Now, listening to Gramps, Bud wanted a gun of his own more than he had wanted anything since the dapple-gray toy horse.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • She was mounted on a dapple-gray palfrey, and there was a halo of light shining all around her.

    Tales From Scottish Ballads Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • Tot bestrode a dapple-gray horse, and the Queen sat upon a lion and took hold of its mane to steady herself.

    Dot and Tot of Merryland L. Frank Baum
  • He was mounted on a dapple-gray horse, both swift and strong, and evidently chosen by a connoisseur.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Each moment increased my joy and pride in my dapple-gray gelding.

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