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Examples of piebald in a Sentence
a model who owes his striking good looks to his markedly piebald ethnic background
a piebald horse that looked like it had been splashed with black and white paint
The Feathered History of piebald
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.
Recent Examples of piebald from the Web
Both the hemisphere-scale color variations and the local piebald patches are caused by a runaway thermal process found only on the slowly rotating Iapetus.
This particular breed is an albino piebald ball python, but really, shouldn't it be called a pumpkin pie-thon?
This moose has regular old brown eyes, which means its unusual coloration likely stems from a recessive gene for a color variation known as piebald, which is usually white with brown spots.
Piebald: 6:30 p.m., the Shelter, 431 E. Congress, Detroit.
Both albino and piebald moose are protected animals in parts of Canada where sightings are rare but have occurred, and legislation prohibits hunters from taking a moose that is predominantly white in color.
They are all considered piebald animals, and that’s how the bald eagle got its name.
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PIEBALD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of piebald for English Language Learners
: spotted with two different colors (especially black and white)
PIEBALD Defined for Kids
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