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piebald

[pahy-bawld] /ˈpaɪˌbɔld/
adjective
1.
having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored.
noun
2.
a piebald animal, especially a horse.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; pie2 (see pied) + bald
Related forms
piebaldly, adverb
piebaldness, noun
Synonyms
1. dappled, mottled.
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Examples from the web for piebald
  • piebald deer can be more common on a local basis, especially in areas where deer hunters protect them.
  • Deer that have patches of both white and brown hair are called piebald deer.
  • piebald deer, which have splotches of white on their fur as adults, are a good example.
  • Occasionally, you may see an all-white or a piebald deer, which are simply color variations of the species.
  • Heavily molting adults take on a peculiar, piebald appearance.
  • piebald color patterns are much rarer than in llamas, and alpacas usually have a tuft of hair on their forehead.
  • Auditory response characteristics of the piebald odorous frog and their implications.
British Dictionary definitions for piebald

piebald

/ˈpaɪˌbɔːld/
adjective
1.
marked or spotted in two different colours, esp black and white: a piebald horse
noun
2.
a black-and-white pied horse
Word Origin
C16: pie² + bald; see also pied
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Word Origin and History for 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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