[ ap-uh-loo-suh ]
/ ˌæp əˈlu sə /
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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)
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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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