Probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse brǫndóttr ‘brinded’.
- (archaic) brindled; having a streaky or patchy pattern, usually grey or brown in colour; used especially to describe the skin or fur of animals.
- 1623, Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd. — Shakespeare, ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’
- 1877, Glory be to God for dappled things / For skies of couple colour as a brinded cow — Gerard Manley Hopkins, ‘Pied Beauty’