Word of the Day Archive
Thursday June 16, 2011
Gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots.
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
Brindled is alteration of brinded "brown or marked as if with brands" with -le, perhaps influenced by words like speckled, etc.