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

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Examples of dappled in a Sentence

a forest that was vibrant with the dappled foliage of autumn
Recent Examples on the Web With its dappled canyon light, vintage clawfoot bathtub, wind chimes, and herb garden, her space is the stuff of serene Instagram dreams—and something not far out of reach for the rest of us. Sunset Magazine, "How to DIY Your Own Backyard Spa," 20 Jan. 2021 The children stop to eat plums in the dappled shade of a cemetery. Yasmine Seale, Harpers Magazine, "Slow Burn," 5 Jan. 2021 The dramatic, dappled, unstudious light cast by a new breed of fixtures relies on darkness as much as illumination. Elizabeth Anne Hartman, WSJ, "Lamps That Can Transform a Room as Dramatically as New Paint," 30 July 2020 The plants would benefit from dappled sunlight until they get established. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Thin fruit load to avoid limb breakage later in the season," 4 July 2020 Ordinary solar panels, designed to be used in the open, are not effective at caching the dappled light that filters through the canopy. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers," 20 Oct. 2019 Minnesota’s common loon, a sleek black-and-white bird with beady red eyes, could lose its entire summer range; Pennsylvania’s ruffed grouse, a plump creature with dappled feathers, could lose both its summer and winter ranges. National Geographic, "Rising temperatures could make some U.S. state birds ‘stateless’," 10 Oct. 2019 Although there are a few tillandsias that can live in full sun, most require dappled shade. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "6 things they never told us about growing air plants in the Bay Area," 25 July 2019 Walk past the shiny bar space into the dappled courtyard, surrounded by brick and accented with Mediterranean-blue tiles. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "The pizzeria in ‘Eat Pray Love’ has a new Hollywood knockoff. It’s a flop.," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of dappled

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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8 Feb 2021

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“Dappled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dappled. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dappled

: marked with many spots of color or light

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