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1dapple

noun dap·ple \ˈda-pəl\

Definition of DAPPLE

1
:  any of numerous usually cloudy and rounded spots or patches of a color or shade different from their background
2
:  the quality or state of being dappled
3
:  a dappled animal
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Examples of DAPPLE

  1. <the clouds threw dapples of shadow over the eerily quiet street>

Origin of DAPPLE

Middle English dappel-gray, adjective, gray marked with spots of another color
First Known Use: 1580

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with DAPPLE

2dapple

verb
dap·pleddap·pling \-p(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of DAPPLE

transitive verb
:  to mark with dapples
intransitive verb
:  to produce a dappled pattern <sun dappling through trees>

Examples of DAPPLE

  1. <sunlight dappled the canopy of vines over our heads>

First Known Use of DAPPLE

1599

Rhymes with DAPPLE

DAPPLE Defined for Kids

dapple

verb dap·ple \ˈda-pəl\
dap·pleddap·pling

Definition of DAPPLE for Kids

:  to mark or become marked with rounded spots of color <a dappled horse>

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