noun \ˈda-pəl\

Definition of DAPPLE

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

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


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


Rhymes with DAPPLE


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