1) It was originally used exclusively of horses and is thought to be ‘apple-gray’, perhaps with reference to dark, roundish spots on a gray background.

1400 unum equum album sive dappeldgray, Ripon

1564 2 fylles a dappell graye and a sowre baye,/i>, Marske

1577 my stoned horse daple gray, Easby

1631 sould one daple gray maire, Adwalton.

dates 1400 1564 1577 1631

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