dappled


dappled

adjective

  1. having spots of a different shade, tone, or color from the background; mottled.

noun

  1. a spot or mottled marking, usually occurring in clusters.
  2. an animal with a mottled skin or coat.

adjective

  1. dappled; spotted: a dapple horse.

verb (used with or without object), dap·pled, dap·pling.

  1. to mark or become marked with spots.

verb

  1. to mark or become marked with spots or patches of a different colour; mottle

noun

  1. mottled or spotted markings
  2. a dappled horse, etc

adjective

  1. marked with dapples or spots
v.

early 15c. (implied in past participle adjective dappled), perhaps from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse depill “spot,” Norwegian dape “puddle.” Perhaps a back-formation from, or merger with, Middle English adjective dapple-gray “apple-gray” (late 14c.), based on resemblance to the markings on an apple (cf. Old Norse apalgrar “dapple-gray”), or, as it was used of gray horses with round blotches, perhaps via resemblance to apples themselves.

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