Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Gray with a mottled pattern of darker gray markings.
  • n. A horse having a coat of mottled gray.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a gray color variegated by spots of a different color or shade.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. grey with a mottled pattern of darker grey markings

Etymologies

Middle English dappel-grai, probably alteration (influenced by dappled) of *appel-grai, apple-gray, from Old Norse apalgrār : *apall, apple + grār, gray.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • What sodden indistinction just an hour ago had all but persuaded us not to regret resumes its first divisions: slate from cinder, ash from smoke, warm dapple-gray from moleskin, dove - from

    Varenna

  • A well-worn rocking horse rested by the window: a dignified dapple-gray with kind black eyes who seemed grateful for the dusting I gave him.

    Kate Morton Ebook Collection

  • “He was a fine looking officer and rode a fine dark dapple-gray horse,” remembered a South Carolinian of the famous cavalryman.

    Cavalryman of the Lost Cause

  • My father, yielding to my entreaties, has given me the prettiest turnout in Paris — two dapple-gray horses and a barouche, which is a masterpiece of elegance.

    Letters of Two Brides

  • The doctor asked, with a supercilious smile, whether those maniacs whom Jesus cured were of the sorrel complexion, or dapple-gray; for, from the texture of these parings, he could prove that the original owners were of the quadruped order, and even distinguish that their feet had been fortified with shoes of iron.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • She then went to look into her mouse-trap, where she found six mice, all alive, and ordered Cinderella to lift up a little the trapdoor, when, giving each mouse, as it went out, a little tap with her wand, the mouse was that moment turned into a fine horse, which altogether made a very fine set of six horses of a beautiful mouse-colored dapple-gray.

    The Blue Fairy Book

  • Palomino and bay, chestnut and grizzle, calico and sorrel, roan and dapple-gray rainbowed alongside pintos and Appaloosas.

    Into the Thinking Kingdoms

  • But if Kris 'horse was chestnut, hers had to be bay, dapple-gray, or roan.

    Winds Of Fate

  • Beyond, a dapple-gray mare grazed beside Emereck's horse.

    The Harp of Imach Thyssel

  • Trixie followed him inside the stable, and a lovely dapple-gray mare whinnied from her stall.

    The Secret Of The Mansion

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