brindled (adj.) Look up brindled at Dictionary.com
"marked with streaks, streaked with a dark color," 1670s, from Middle English brended (early 15c.), from bren "brown color" (13c.), noun from past participle of brennen "burn" (from Proto-Germanic *brennan "to burn," from PIE root *gwher- "to heat, warm"); the derived adjective perhaps means "marked as though by branding or burning." Form altered perhaps by influence of kindled.