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 formspie·bald·ly, adverbpie·bald·ness, noun

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marked or spotted in two different colours, esp black and whitea piebald horse


a black-and-white pied horse

Word Origin for piebald

C16: pie ² + bald; see also pied
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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.

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