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Thursday, June 16, 2011


\BRIN-dld\ , adjective;
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.
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