dapple

[ dap-uhl ]
/ ˈdæp əl /

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.

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Origin of dapple

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

dapple
/ (ˈdæpəl) /

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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