dap·​pled | \ ˈda-pəld How to pronounce dappled (audio) \
variants: or less commonly dapple \ ˈda-​pəl How to pronounce dappled (audio) \

Definition of dappled

: marked with small spots or patches contrasting with the background a dappled fawn

Examples of dappled in a Sentence

a forest that was vibrant with the dappled foliage of autumn
Recent Examples on the Web Potted succulents and air plants, for instance, tend to fare well if shielded from the strongest afternoon summer sun by some dappled shade from either trees or shade cloth, or by a passing shadow from a building or fence. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 6 Apr. 2022 The long-haired man who emerged from the dappled shade was gentle, soft-spoken, earnest. Hedley Twidle, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 The dappled sunlight filtering through leafy glades in a breeze is utterly confusing to a robot. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 Through a thicket of dappled trees, male and female figures in various colors and interactions are silhouetted against what may be an idyllic pink sky. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2021 At its center pulsed the Twin Serpents' bite mark, in a bloom of dappled red. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 21 Sep. 2021 During the tour, as the mix of ethereal piano and electronic music swelled, the room became dappled with floating yellow sunflowers and felt increasingly melancholic. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 But those same eyes are more sensitive than ours to dim objects like the dappled patterns of the Milky Way. New York Times, 29 July 2021 The white spots on its brown coat resemble the dappled beams of sunlight that cascade through the trees, breaking up the outline of the deer’s figure. New York Times, 20 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dappled

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dappled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dappled. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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