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dapple

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noun dap·ple \ˈda-pəl\

Definition of dapple

  1. 1 :  any of numerous usually cloudy and rounded spots or patches of a color or shade different from their background

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being dappled

  3. 3 :  a dappled animal



Examples of dapple in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of dapple

Middle English dappel-gray, adjective, gray marked with spots of another color


First Known Use: 1580

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dapple

verb dap·ple

Definition of dapple

dappled

dappling

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  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to mark with dapples

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to produce a dappled pattern <sun dappling through trees>



Examples of dapple in a sentence

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



1599

First Known Use of dapple

1599

Rhymes with dapple


DAPPLE Defined for Kids

dapple

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verb dap·ple \ˈda-pəl\

Definition of dapple for Students

dappled

dappling

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




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