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[pahy-bawld] /ˈpaɪˌbɔld/
having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored.
a piebald animal, especially a horse.
Origin of piebald
1580-90; pie2 (see pied) + bald
Related forms
piebaldly, adverb
piebaldness, noun
1. dappled, mottled. Unabridged
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  • Were it not that a man owes loyalty to his house and to his King I would enlist under the piebald banner of the Templars.

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

    Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid
  • Bill jerked the reins, and the piebald pony set off at a weary trot.

  • I have a piebald horse, that will carry you without mishap to the fairies' well.

  • The prince went out into the yard and shook the bridle; the piebald horse at once appeared, and the prince mounted.

  • In a minute the piebald was high up in the air and flew off like a bird.

  • At Ryan's livery stable he allowed he was an unworthy minister, wanting water and feed for the piebald pony.

    Curly Roger Pocock
  • The prince went into the house and the piebald fetched the devil.

  • Next, in a pause on the part of the man who led him, he regarded with huge interest a piebald Shetland pony.

  • He found stables for the piebald in a cellar at the end of the town.

British Dictionary definitions for piebald


marked or spotted in two different colours, esp black and white: a piebald horse
a black-and-white pied horse
Word Origin
C16: pie² + bald; see also pied
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for piebald

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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