American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Spotted or patched, especially in black and white: a piebald horse.
- n. A piebald animal, especially a horse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having spots or patches of white and black or other color; party-colored; pied: as, a piebald horse.
- Hence Mixed; heterogeneous; mongrel.
- adj. also used figuratively Spotted or blotched, especially in black and white.
- adj. figuratively Of mixed character, heterogeneous.
- n. An animal with piebald coloration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having spots and patches of black and white, or other colors; mottled; pied.
- adj. Fig.: Mixed.
- adj. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
- From pie ("magpie") + bald ("having white patches or blazes"). (Wiktionary)
- pie2 + bald. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This little guy is what's known as a piebald squirrel - the term piebald applies to any animal displaying depigmented white fur.”
“It looks to me like a "piebald" black duck. aside from the whitish-cream color the whitish ring around the bill has me stumped.”
“If a horse is "piebald", its coat has large patches of which two colours?”
“A normal ball python today typically sells for under $100; a "piebald" python — white with rare blotches of brown and green — can fetch $3,000.”
“The latter word is properly balled, i.e., marked with a ball, or white streak, a word of Celtic origin; cf. "piebald," i.e., balled like a (mag) pie, and the "bald-faced stag.”
“The word "piebald" could also apply, though it generally refers to a combination of black and white.”
“6. If a horse is "piebald", its coat has large patches of which two colours?”
“Even the Jacob sheep seemed as if they had been chiselled out of piebald stone.”
“I've been hunting all my life and never even caught a glimps of a piebald.”
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