from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A horse with patchy markings of white and another color. Also called paint.
  • adj. Mottled; pied.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A horse with a patchy coloration that includes white.
  • adj. Pied, mottled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lit., painted; hence, piebald; mottled; pied.
  • n. Any pied animal; esp., a pied or “painted” horse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Piebald.
  • n. A piebald animal; specifically, the calico or painted pony of Texas.
  • n. A Portuguese gold coin of the eighteenth century, equal to 400 reis.
  • n. In the Philippine Islands, a door.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a spotted or calico horse or pony


Spanish, piebald, spotted, from Vulgar Latin *pīnctus, past participle of Latin pingere, to paint.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish pinto ("painted, mottled"). (Wiktionary)



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  • The pinto bean (Spanish: frijol pinto, literally "painted bean") is named for its mottled skin (compare pinto horse), hence it is a type of mottled bean. It is the most common bean in the United States and northwestern Mexico, and is most often eaten whole in broth or mashed and refried. Either whole or mashed, it is a common filling for burritos. The young pods may also be used as green beans.

    January 27, 2008