Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Properly, of a gray or tawny color marked with bars or streaks of a darker hue; brindled: applied more loosely to any animal having a hide variegated by streaks or spots, and by Milton to the lioness, whose hide is of a nearly uniform hue: as, “the brinded cat,”
- “three brinded cows,”
- In heraldry, spotted: said of a beast used as a bearing.
- adj. archaic brindled; having a streaky or patchy pattern, usually grey or brown in colour; used especially to describe the skin or fur of animals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of a gray or tawny color with streaks of darker hue; streaked; brindled.
- adj. having a grey or brown streak or a pattern or a patchy coloring; used especially of the patterned fur of cats
- Probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse brǫndóttr ‘brinded’. (Wiktionary)
“One witch said, “Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed.””
“Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed, but still no joy.”
“They have a race of brinded greyhounds, larger and stronger than those with which we course hares, and those are the only dogs used by them for the chase.”
“Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed, and now she threatens to have me up before the matron.”
“Then slowly the hills are brinded until the rains come again, when verdure and bloom again peer through the tawny wreck of the last year's greenery.”
“It is not a commonly used word and the only definition I can find for brinded is, "gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots.”
“Painted like bears, and wolves, and brinded tigers.”
“255 Pleased on his brinded back the lyre he rings,”
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