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skewbald

[skyoo-bawld] /ˈskyuˌbɔld/
adjective
1.
(especially of horses) having patches of brown and white.
noun
2.
a skewbald horse or pony.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; skew + (pie)bald
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British Dictionary definitions for skewbald

skewbald

/ˈskjuːˌbɔːld/
adjective
1.
marked or spotted in white and any colour except black
noun
2.
a horse with this marking
Word Origin
C17: see skew, piebald
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Word Origin and History for skewbald
skewbald
"horse with brown and white patches," 1654, from skued "skewbald" (c.1440), of unknown origin, + bald "having white patches" (see bald). First element apparently unconnected with skew (v.); O.E.D. suggests perhaps from O.Fr. escu "shield," but also notes a close resemblance in form and sense with Icel. skjottr, "the history of which is equally obscure."
"When the white is mixed with black it is called 'pie-bald,' with bay the name of 'skew-bald' is given to it." ["Youatt's 'The Horse,' " 1866]
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