dapple

[dap-uh l]

noun

a spot or mottled marking, usually occurring in clusters.
an animal with a mottled skin or coat.

adjective

dappled; spotted: a dapple horse.

verb (used with or without object), dap·pled, dap·pling.

to mark or become marked with spots.

Origin of dapple

First recorded in 1545–55; probably back formation from dappled
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British Dictionary definitions for dapple

dapple

verb

to mark or become marked with spots or patches of a different colour; mottle

noun

mottled or spotted markings
a dappled horse, etc

adjective

marked with dapples or spots

Word Origin for dapple

C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for dapple
v.

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.

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