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brindled

[brin-dld] /ˈbrɪn dld/
adjective
1.
gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; alteration of brinded, with -le perhaps from grizzled, speckled, etc.
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brindled

/ˈbrɪndəld/
adjective
1.
brown or grey streaked or patched with a darker colour: a brindled dog
Word Origin
C17: changed from C15 brended, literally: branded, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse bröndottr; see brand
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Word Origin and History for brindled
adj.

"marked with streaks, streaked with a dark color," 1670s, from Middle English brended (early 15c.), from bren "brown color" (13c.), noun made from past participle of brennen "burn" (see burn (v.)); the derived adjective perhaps means "marked as though by branding or burning." Form altered perhaps by influence of kindled.

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