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  1. having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored.
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  1. a piebald animal, especially a horse.
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Origin of piebald

1580–90; pie2 (see pied) + bald
Related formspie·bald·ly, adverbpie·bald·ness, noun


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Related Words

dappled, heterogeneous, mixed, multicolored, spotted, variegated, varicolored, pinto

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Historical Examples

  • When they passed the post the Judge decided that the piebald horse had won.

    Reminiscences of Queensland

    William Henry Corfield

  • They tapered in size from right to left—the piebald on the left.

    Across the Equator

    Thomas H. Reid

  • See the rooster in the fur cap—him ridin' the piebald mustang?

    Kiddie the Scout

    Robert Leighton

  • Some of them were piebald and had white eyes—others had no eyes at all.

    The Land of Thor

    J. Ross Browne

  • Then he laughed: "There won't be no piebald waitin' for it."

British Dictionary definitions for piebald


  1. marked or spotted in two different colours, esp black and whitea piebald horse
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  1. a black-and-white pied horse
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Word Origin

C16: pie ² + bald; see also pied
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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