[pin-toh, peen-] /ˈpɪn toʊ, ˈpin-/

marked with spots of white and other colors; mottled; spotted:
a pinto horse.
noun, plural pintos.
Western U.S. a pinto horse.
marked with patches of white; piebald
noun (pl) -tos
a pinto horse

1860, “a horse marked black and white,” from American Spanish pinto, literally “painted, spotted,” from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *pinctus, variant of Latin pictus “painted,” past participle of pingere “to paint” (see paint (v.)). Pinto bean is attested from 1916, so called for its markings.


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