I thought I have posted this last week but apparently I didn’t! Learned this new word: piebald from dictionary.com word of the day a few days ago.

Couldn’t help but think of Tama-chan, the station cat in Kishi Japan. Read recent news about her passing away

piebald [pahy-bawld]
1. having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored.

2. a piebald animal, especially a horse.

Arabella was furry and piebald and wagged her tail like a dog. She had tusks.

– Adrienne Miller, The Coast of Akron, 2005

Piebald came to English in the late 1500s from the Middle English pie which references the magpie noted for its black and white plumage, and bald which ultimately derives from the Greek phaliós meaning “having a white spot.”


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