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piebald

[pahy-bawld]
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adjective
  1. having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored.
noun
  1. a piebald animal, especially a horse.

Origin of piebald

1580–90; pie2 (see pied) + bald
Related formspie·bald·ly, adverbpie·bald·ness, noun

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1. dappled, mottled.
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Examples from the Web for piebald

Historical Examples

  • When they passed the post the Judge decided that the piebald horse had won.

    Reminiscences of Queensland

    William Henry Corfield

  • They tapered in size from right to left—the piebald on the left.

    Across the Equator

    Thomas H. Reid

  • See the rooster in the fur cap—him ridin' the piebald mustang?

    Kiddie the Scout</p>

    Robert Leighton

  • Some of them were piebald and had white eyes—others had no eyes at all.

    The Land of Thor

    J. Ross Browne

  • Then he laughed: "There won't be no piebald waitin' for it."


British Dictionary definitions for piebald

piebald

adjective
  1. marked or spotted in two different colours, esp black and whitea piebald horse
noun
  1. a black-and-white pied horse

Word Origin

C16: pie ² + bald; see also pied
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Word Origin and History for piebald

adj.

"of two different colors," 1580s, formed from pie (n.2) "magpie" + bald in its older sense of "spotted, white;" in reference to the black-and-white plumage of the magpie. Hence, "of mixed character, mongrel." Technically only of black-and-white colorings.

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