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Friday, August 11, 2006

Definitions for piebald

  1. having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored.
  2. a piebald animal, especially a horse.

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Citations for piebald
Arabella was furry and piebald and wagged her tail like a dog. She had tusks. Adrienne Miller, The Coast of Akron, 2005
They hung there for a moment in a pulsing frame of piebald fur and then bowed through and filled the room, circled once with rising volume dog on dog and then swept out the window howl on howl carrying first the muntins, then the sash, leaving a square and naked hole in the wall and a ringing in his ears. Cormac McCarthy, Child of God, 1973
Origin of piebald
Piebald came to English in the late 1500s from the Middle English pie which references the magpie noted for its black and white plumage, and bald which ultimately derives from the Greek phaliós meaning "having a white spot."
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