Nicolson refers to this word, used to describe Odysseus, and translates it as ‘dapple-skilled, with so much woven into him that he shimmers and flickers like an embroidered cloth’.  If I ever qualify as ‘dapple-skilled’, I will have a big party to celebrate.

Source: Adam Nicolson, The Mighty Dead: why Homer matters (London: William Collins, 2015), p. 228

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