a spot or mottled marking, usually occurring in clusters.
an animal with a mottled skin or coat.
dappled; spotted: a dapple horse.
to mark or become marked with spots.
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How to use dapple in a sentence
Pink natural light dapples a river in one composition, while reflections of house lamps streak a dark lake in another.In the galleries: Artists pair up to create a third identity, or when 1+1 equals one. | Mark Jenkins | November 19, 2021 | Washington Post
On Santa Cruz, book a spot at the remote, oak-dappled Del Norte backcountry camp.The Ultimate Channel Islands National Park Travel Guide | Shawnté Salabert | June 23, 2021 | Outside Online
The dapple grays were fat, well fed beasts, and the coachman was old and rheumatic.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Here there are no mossy rocks or sheltering trees to dapple the scene with their brightness and shadow.
It was just as he was about to return to his dapple grays that he received a sudden shock.The Crimson Flash | Roy J. Snell
What are these dark streaks which foul her white decks and dapple her brazen shields?The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago | Arthur Conan Doyle
It was neither the fat buck nor the little two-toed horse with 193 dapple hide, but a young cow-buffalo.In the Morning of Time | Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for dapple
to mark or become marked with spots or patches of a different colour; mottle
mottled or spotted markings
a dappled horse, etc
marked with dapples or spots
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