piebald

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj piebald having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly "a jester dressed in motley","the painted desert","a particolored dress","a piebald horse","pied daisies"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Piebald Fig.: Mixed. "Piebald languages."
    • Piebald Having spots and patches of black and white, or other colors; mottled; pied. "A piebald steed of Thracian strain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • piebald Having spots or patches of white and black or other color; party-colored; pied: as, a piebald horse.
    • piebald Hence Mixed; heterogeneous; mongrel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Piebald pī′bawld of various colours: having spots and patches.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pie, the party-colored bird + bald,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
For pie-balledpie, a magpie, W. bal, a streak on a horse's forehead.

Usage

In literature:

Oblooria followed instantly, like a piebald water-nymph.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
At intervals we came upon solitary shepherds tending their piebald flocks, as David and Abner guarded their father's sheep in Judea.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The whole volume shines unnaturally, and has rather a piebald appearance.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
Edgar at once rubbed it over his face and became so piebald and hideous that both the attendants laughed.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
Kiddie, still riding the same lank, piebald prairie pony; still unhurt in the battle; still cool and self-contained.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
Is it fourpence, or piebald, or gray?
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
The first mate's gone, and more'n half the piebald crew.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
One was a hell of a looking fellow: his face was piebald, with purple spots.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
The piebald one bluntly declined.
"The Rambles of a Rat" by A. L. O. E.
Captain Clarke took the bridle off the piebald and held down his hand for her foot.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
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In poetry:

One pious afternoon in June
When pyronomics held full sway,
My pilot, fancy, led me on
To seek new fields, piebald and gay.
"Pious Pie Poem Puns" by Jared Barhite
"To Mary I give my pet kangaroo,
"May it prove to turn out a great blessing, too;
"To Michael I leave the old cockatoo,
"And to Bridget I'll give the piebald emu.
"New England Cocky" by Anonymous Oceania
Whereas, were we suffered to do as we please
With our Blacks and our Whites, as of yore we were let,
We might range them alternate, like harpsichord keys,
And between us thump out a good piebald duet.
"Epistle Of Condolence From A Slave-Lord To A Cotton-Lord" by Thomas Moore
``How?'' cried the Mayor, ``d'ye think I brook
``Being worse treated than a Cook?
``Insulted by a lazy ribald
``With idle pipe and vesture piebald?
``You threaten us, fellow? Do your worst,
``Blow your pipe there till you burst!''
"The Pied Piper Of Hamelin" by Robert Browning

In news:

Some States Ban Killing White and Piebald Deer, Texas Not Among Them.
David Kelley, of Ava, poses with a piebald deer he shot in Oneida County.
Keith O'Connor, pictured above, took this piebald buck with a bow Oct 10.
Keith O'Connor, a veteran bowhunter who has taken 23 bucks over the past 33 years with a bow, harvested his first piebald deer on Oct 10.
Danny Keener of Choctaw won first place in the closed mouth whitetail division at the National Taxidermists Association contest for his mount of a white or piebald deer.
Danny Keener of Choctaw won first place in the closed mouth whitetail division at the National Taxidermists Association contest for his mount of a white or piebald deer photo.
Throughout the 1800s and into the late 1900s these painted horses were called pinto, paint , skewbald and piebald.
This rare "piebald" whitetail appeared in Jimmie Kirkland's yard on Owens Road in Evans.
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