dapple

(redirected from dapples)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

dapple

a spotted, mottled or irregularly pigmented coat color pattern, usually with darker colors on a lighter background, seen in some Dachshunds. A similar pigmentation pattern in longhaired dog breeds such as collies is usually called merle. Also occurs commonly in horses of any color, but is most striking in grays. May be noticeable only when the coat is short.
References in periodicals archive ?
A multi-coloured Benday dot pattern (based on a photograph of a cloudy sky) is imprinted on the glass roof panels, giving the surface an almost textile-like quality as light dapples and filters through different layers of colour and glass.