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mottled or spotted marking, as on a horse; to mark with spots
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dabble – spatter or splash; undertake an activity casually: dabble in politics
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a. Mottled or spotted marking, as on a horse's coat.
b. An individual spot.
2. An animal with a mottled or spotted skin or coat.
tr.v. dap·pled, dap·pling, dap·ples
To mark or mottle with spots.
[Back-formation from dappled.]
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to mark or become marked with spots or patches of a different colour; mottle
1. mottled or spotted markings
2. (Colours) a dappled horse, etc
(Colours) marked with dapples or spots
[C14: of unknown origin]
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n., adj., v. -pled, -pling. n.
1. a spot or mottled marking, usu. occurring in clusters.
2. an animal with a mottled skin or coat.adj.
3. marked with spots; dappled: a dapple horse.v.t., v.i.
4. to mark or become marked with spots of a different shade or color from the background.
[1545–55; probably back formation from dappled, late Middle English, probably < Scandinavian; akin to Old Norse depill spot]
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Past participle: dappled
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|Noun||1.||dapple - a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of red"|
marking - a pattern of marks
nebula - (pathology) a faint cloudy spot on the cornea
splash - a patch of bright color; "her red hat gave her outfit a splash of color"
plaque - (pathology) a small abnormal patch on or inside the body
macule, macula - a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases
mock sun, parhelion, sundog - a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals; "two or more parhelia are usually seen at once"
macula, sunspot - a cooler darker spot appearing periodically on the sun's photosphere; associated with a strong magnetic field
facula - a large bright spot on the sun's photosphere occurring most frequently in the vicinity of sunspots
facula - a bright spot on a planet
|Verb||1.||dapple - colour with streaks or blotches of different shades|
spot - mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition; "spot the areas that one should clearly identify"
harlequin - variegate with spots or marks; "His face was harlequined with patches"
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