brindled

brindled

[brin-dld]
adjective
gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots.

Origin:
1670–80; alteration of brinded, with -le perhaps from grizzled, speckled, etc.

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brindled (ˈbrɪndəld)
 
adj
brown or grey streaked or patched with a darker colour: a brindled dog
 
[C17: changed from C15 brended, literally: branded, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse bröndottr; see brand]

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brindled
"marked with streaks, streaked with a dark color," 1670s, from M.E. brended (early 15c.), from bren "brown color" (13c.), noun made from pp. of brennen "burn," perhaps meaning "marked as though by branding or burning." Form altered perhaps by influence of kindled.
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