Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A horse with patchy markings of white and another color.
  • adjective Mottled; pied.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology A horse with a patchy coloration that includes white.
  • adjective Pied, mottled.

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

  • noun a spotted or calico horse or pony

Etymologies

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

[Spanish, piebald, spotted, from Vulgar Latin *pīnctus, past participle of Latin pingere, to paint; see peig- in Indo-European roots.]

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Spanish pinto ("painted, mottled").

Examples

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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.

    _Wikipedia

    January 27, 2008