skewbald

skewbald

[skyoo-bawld]
adjective
1.
(especially of horses) having patches of brown and white.
noun
2.
a skewbald horse or pony.

Origin:
1645–55; skew + (pie)bald

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skewbald (ˈskjuːˌbɔːld)
 
adj
1.  marked or spotted in white and any colour except black
 
n
2.  a horse with this marking
 
[C17: see skew, piebald]

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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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