[ ap-uh-loo-suh ]
/ ˌæp əˈlu sə /


one of a hardy breed of riding horses, developed in the North American West, having a mottled hide, vertically striped hoofs, and eyes that show a relatively large proportion of white.


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Origin of Appaloosa

1920–25, Americanism; origin uncertain; perhaps to be identified with Opelousa a Louisiana Indian tribal name (Compare Opelousas poney, recorded in a German text of 1849), though the breed is traditionally associated with the Nez Percé Indians and the Palouse River (W Idaho) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for appaloosa

/ (ˌæpəˈluːsə) /


a breed of horse, originally from America, typically having a spotted rump

Word Origin for Appaloosa

C19: perhaps from Palouse, river in Idaho
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