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

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And on the brooch a curious design: in its front paws a dog has hold of a dappled deer, the deer gasping, the dog gazing at/ barking at/ gripping/ devouring greedily the deer. Anne Carson, Harper's magazine, "From a manuscript in progress. Carson’s collection of performance pieces," 10 June 2019 For skin that's rough and dappled, the DermaSweep gives a mild refresh, using smooth bristles along with vacuum suction to gently exfoliate and boost circulation. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Reverse Sun Damage, According to Dermatologists," 16 Jan. 2019 There was a softness to the entire show, accentuated by the gentle round shoulders that were set off romantically by dappled and misty lighting. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 Platter appears to have chiseled the pieces out of wood before casting them in bronze, offsetting smooth exterior walls with more rugged, dappled interiors. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Marvelous or maddening? In Cameron Platter's show, it depends on which way you face," 4 June 2018 The god of such things wisely sited Fifth Water Hot Springs (801-798-3571) around 2 miles into an ascending hike, along a dappled path drawn beneath a canopy of maples and cottonwoods. Sunset, "Go on a Hot Springs Adventure in the Utah Desert," 22 Jan. 2018 These are small trees that are perfectly comfortable in the dappled shade of woodlands. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Blaze of Glory," 16 May 2018 But coming out of the gate, Buze’s short menu of Cajun-dappled soul food is off to a hot start. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Eat Here First in May: 3 new restaurants to try before everybody else does," 15 May 2018 Shade: Receives about 2 hours of direct sun in the morning or bright dappled light through the day. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Northern exposure? Southern exposure? How compass directions can improve your plants' health," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dappled

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dappled

: marked with many spots of color or light

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