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Probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse brǫndóttr ‘brinded’.



brinded (comparative more brinded, superlative most brinded)

  1. (archaic) brindled; having a streaky or patchy pattern, usually grey or brown in colour; used especially to describe the skin or fur of animals.
    • ca. 1606, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, sc. 1:
      Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
    • 1845, Thomas Cooper, The Purgatory of Suicides, Book the Fourth, Stanza IX:
      If thou return not, Gammer o'er her pail
      Will sing in sorrow, 'neath the brinded cow,
      And Gaffer sigh over his nut-brown ale []
    • 1877, Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Pied Beauty":
      Glory be to God for dappled things—
      For skies of couple colour as a brinded cow []