Which makes the Pied Piper pied: his
appearance or his temperament?
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That which is multicolored - especially
black and white like the European magpie - is pied.
The earliest use of the adjective
pied is in reference to the
pyed freres, an order of friars who wore black
The Pied Piper is from 1845.
Do you know the
poem (I think it is Whittier) "Pied Beauty"? He uses the word
"couple-coloured". It starts "Glory be to God for dappled things". Just a
thought prompted by your word. I remember my grandfather's draught horse (as in
Clydesdale) was described as "pie-bald", or is it "pi-bald"?
interesting tid-bits. (I don't know the origin of that word either.) My Dad
played in a wild jazz band in the 30's called the Pie-eyed Piper and his
gives 1382 as the earliest use. I had no idea the word was related to the pie
of magpie, itself from the Latin pica (=magpie). Fascinating. cf also Hopkins
"Pied beauty" of 1877.
When I used to raise Parrots and Parakeets - the
mutil-colred ones where indeed refferred to as 'Pied' but not restricted to
black and white. Also Pied parrots have spots. A milti-colored parrot without
spots isusually refferd by where the colors are most prominent. i.e. blue
throated, yellow tailed, and sometimes just miticolored such and
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