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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Definitions for brindled

  1. Gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots.

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Citations for brindled
With each circuit he went faster and faster, until he looked like a brindled streak with a dash of black and white on top. Lucy Maud Montgomery, Chronicles of Avonlea
They went thither to fetch some, leaving Cadmus stretched on the ground along with the brindled cow; for, now that he had found a place of rest, it seemed as if all the weariness of his pilgrimage, ever since he left King Aegnor's palace, had fallen upon him at once. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales
Origin of brindled
1670-1680
Brindled is alteration of brinded "brown or marked as if with brands" with -le, perhaps influenced by words like speckled, etc.