Ap·​pa·​loo·​sa ˌa-pə-ˈlü-sə How to pronounce Appaloosa (audio)
: any of a breed of rugged saddle horses developed in western North America and usually having a white or solid-colored coat with small spots

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Examples of Appaloosa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are few animals as beautiful as an Arabian, or as strong and impressive as a Belgian or a Clydesdale, or as striking as an Appaloosa. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 23 Aug. 2023 Funds like Appaloosa, Third Point and Pershing Square opened new positions or increased their holdings in tech giants and semiconductor stocks during the second quarter, according to their latest 13F filings. WSJ, 15 Aug. 2023 The following year his hedge fund Appaloosa Management relocated to Florida, too. Katherine Burton,, 30 Sep. 2020 Responding Converse police found an unconscious Joshua Huron, 33, who had been shot multiple times in the 8800 block of Appaloosa Pass on Nov. 11, 2021. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 12 May 2023 Sharing wall space at the CCP — which famed Western photographer Ansel Adams helped to found — are lush English landscapes with Linda’s beloved Appaloosa, Lucky Spot, and dear Martha, the family sheepdog, as focal points. Karen Peterson, Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2023

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First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Appaloosa was in 1920

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“Appaloosa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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Ap·​pa·​loo·​sa ˌap-ə-ˈlü-sə How to pronounce Appaloosa (audio)
: any of a breed of saddle horses developed in western North America that have small dark spots on a white or solid-colored coat

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