How did the Piebald get its name and Where does the word “Piebald” come from?

Thank fortune, one may be bald without being piebald.

The element pie, in this case, relates to the magpie, a bird with feathers splotched with two colors, a bird called pica by the Romans, whence the English pie.

Originally one of the two colors was, as with the bird, always a white spot, having thus the appearance of a bald spot.

Actually, therefore, piebald originally related to the white-spotted pie. (See also skewbald.)

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