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pied

[pahyd] /paɪd/
adjective
1.
having patches of two or more colors, as various birds and other animals:
a pied horse.
2.
wearing pied clothing.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; pie2 (with reference to the black and white plumage of the magpie) + -ed3
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pied

/paɪd/
adjective
1.
having markings of two or more colours
Word Origin
C14: from pie²; an allusion to the magpie's black-and-white colouring
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Word Origin and History for piedest

pied

adj.

late 14c., as if it were the past participle of a verb form of Middle English noun pie "magpie" (see pie (n.2)), in reference to the bird's black and white plumage. Earliest use is in reference to the pyed freres, an order of friars who wore black and white. Also in pied piper (1845, in Browning's poem based on the German legend; used allusively by 1939).

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