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 Pie Poudre.Pied de la Lettre (Au). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Piebald.
 
Party-coloured. A corruption of pie-balled, speckled like a pie. The words Ball, Dun, and Favel are frequently given as names to cows. “Ball” means the cow with a mark on its face; “Dun” means the cow of a dun or brownish-yellow colour; and “Favel” means the bay cow. (Ball, in Gaelic, means a mark; ballach, speckled.)   1
 


 Pie Poudre.Pied de la Lettre (Au). 

 
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