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noun, plural pal·o·mi·nos.
  1. a horse with a golden coat, a white mane and tail, and often white markings on the face and legs, developed chiefly in the southwestern U.S.
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Origin of palomino

1910–15, Americanism; < American Spanish, special use of Spanish palomino of, resembling a dove < Latin palumbīnus, equivalent to palumb(ēs) dove + -īnus -ine1
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Historical Examples

  • Palomino seems to be grown commonly in California as a table-grape and is worth trying in eastern America.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • A young woman was fording the river some distance to their left, just below the Palomino.

    The Sheriff of Badger

    George B. Pattullo

  • Of the figures at the foot of the cross, Palomino wrote: They are very Titian-like, and how superior to anything else here!

  • The palomino's beauty was obvious in many ways: bone structure, slant of ears, line of hocks, texture of mane and tail.

    When the Owl Cries

    Paul Bartlett

  • He ordered them to follow Palomino in order that the treaty might be given greater encouragement.

British Dictionary definitions for palomino


noun plural -nos
  1. a golden horse with a cream or white mane and tail
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Word Origin

American Spanish, from Spanish: dovelike, from Latin palumbīnus, from palumbēs ring dove
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Word Origin and History for palomino


1914, from American Spanish palomino "cream-colored horse," from Spanish, literally "young dove," perhaps from Italian palombino "dove-colored," from Latin palumbinus "of wood pigeons," from palumba "wood pigeon" (see fallow (adj.)). The horse so called because of its dove-like coloring, light brown or cream with a pale mane and tail.

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