variants: or less commonly dapple

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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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 The squash or pumpkins enjoy the dappled sun from the corn and shade the ground, acting as a living mulch to keep weeds down and conserve water for the three crops. OregonLive.com, "In vegetable gardens, good-neighbor planting makes all the difference," 29 Mar. 2018 But rainy or stormy weather can dampen a harsh sun or create beautiful, dappled light any time of day. Sami Emory, Outside Online, "Embrace the Rain," 27 Mar. 2018 In the dappled light, Khan suddenly began to talk about her sons. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "An Activist-Filmmaker Tackles Patriarchy in Pakistan," 6 Feb. 2016

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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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