piebald

[ pahy-bawld ]
/ ˈpaɪˌbɔld /

adjective

having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored.

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for piebald

piebald

/ (ˈpaɪˌbɔːld) /

adjective

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

noun

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

piebald


adj.

"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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