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piebald

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adjective pie·bald \ˈpī-ˌbȯld\

Simple Definition of piebald

  • : spotted with two different colors (especially black and white)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of piebald

  1. 1 :  composed of incongruous parts

  2. 2 :  of different colors; especially :  spotted or blotched with black and white

Examples of piebald in a sentence

  1. <a model who owes his striking good looks to his markedly piebald ethnic background>

  2. <a piebald horse that looked like it had been splashed with black and white paint>



Did You Know?

To many people, the noisy black and white birds that go by the scientific name Pica pica - better known as magpies - are nothing but pests. But the Latin root that was adopted for their name isn't a linguistic nuisance; it played an important role in the development of "piebald." The "pie" of "piebald" ("pie" is another name for a magpie) derives from "pica," which is Latin for magpie. The other part of "piebald" comes from the word bald, which can mean "marked with white"; it can also be found in "skewbald," an adjective used to describe animals marked with patches of white and any other color but black.

1589

First Known Use of piebald

1589


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piebald

noun pie·bald

Definition of piebald

  1. :  a piebald animal (as a horse)



1765

First Known Use of piebald

1765


PIEBALD Defined for Kids

piebald

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adjective pie·bald \ˈpī-ˌbȯld\

Definition of piebald for Students

  1. :  spotted with two colors and especially black and white <a piebald horse>





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