Etymology
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pinto (n.)

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

updated on June 17, 2020

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