Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Word of the day: brindle

The word of the day is brindle:

gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots

"marked with streaks, streaked with a dark color," 1670s, from M.E. brended (early 15c.), from bren "brown color" (13c.), noun made from pp. of brennen "burn," perhaps meaning "marked as though by branding or burning." Form altered perhaps by influence of kindled

"Item 2188, Infant Teething Toy: Features a hundred tasty blobs of pre-congealed lead-based paint.  Specify January Dun, February Brindle, March Khaki, or November Gray."

 - Bruce McCall, "Shouts & Murmurs: Shop till we make you drop", 22 June 2015 The New Yorker (

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