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piebald

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adjective pie·bald \ˈpī-ˌbȯld\

Definition of piebald

  1. 1 :  composed of incongruous parts

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

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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.

1590

First Known Use of piebald

1590


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piebald

noun pie·bald

Definition of piebald

  1. :  a piebald animal (as a horse)

1722

First Known Use of piebald

1722


PIEBALD Defined for English Language Learners

piebald-definition
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piebald

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adjective pie·bald \ˈpī-ˌbȯld\

Definition of piebald for English Language Learners

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


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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