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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brindled, brindle, brinded, tabbyadjective

    having a grey or brown streak or a pattern or a patchy coloring; used especially of the patterned fur of cats


  1. brindledadjective

    of a brownish, tawny or gray colour, with streaks or spots; streaky, spotted

  2. Etymology: An alteration of brinded, probably by association with speckled, grizzled etc.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Brindledadjective

    Brinded; streaked.

    Etymology: from brindle.

    The boar, my sisters! aim the fatal dart,
    And strike the brindled monster to the heart. Joseph Addison, Ovid.


  1. brindled

    Brindle is a coat coloring pattern in animals, particularly dogs, cattle, guinea pigs, cats, and, rarely, horses. It is sometimes described as "tiger-striped", although the brindle pattern is more subtle than that of a tiger's coat. Brindle typically appears as black stripes on a red base. The stripes are eumelanin (black/brown pigment) and the base is phaeomelanin (red/yellow pigment), so the appearance of those pigments can be changed by any of the genes which usually affect them. Eumelanin (the pigment making up the stripes) can be affected by: merle (and harlequin), liver, dilution, greying, and recessive red. Phaeomelanin (the pigment making up the base) can be affected by: Intensity locus.And of course, white markings and ticking can occur on any brindle dog. Brindle is caused by a complex gene process and is technically a form of mosaicism, where some cells express one allele (KB) and other cells express a different allele (ky), a little like tortoiseshell cats. This makes it very difficult to test for, and there are currently no commercially available tests that are able to detect brindle. Brindle dogs will usually test as KBky, and carriers (one dominant black allele, one brindle) cannot be identified without breeding.


  1. brindled

    Brindled refers to a pattern of dark and light streaks or spots on an animal's fur or skin. This term is typically used to describe the color and pattern found in the coats of some breeds of dogs, cats, cattle, and occasionally, horses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brindledadjective

    having dark streaks or spots on a gray or tawny ground; brinded

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brindled in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brindled in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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