brindled

[ brin-dld ]
/ ˈbrɪn dld /

adjective

gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots.

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Origin of brindled

1670–80; alteration of brinded, with -le perhaps from grizzled, speckled, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for brindled

brindled
/ (ˈbrɪndəld) /

adjective

brown or grey streaked or patched with a darker coloura brindled dog

Word Origin for brindled

C17: changed from C15 brended, literally: branded, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse bröndottr; see brand
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