variants or less commonly dappled-gray
: gray variegated with spots or patches of a different shade
used especially of horses

Word History


Middle English dappel-gray, perhaps alteration (influenced by Old Norse depill spot) of (assumed) Middle English appel-gray, literally, apple-gray, probably translation of Old Norse apalgrār

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“Dapple-gray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dapple-gray. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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