1. marked with spots of white and other colors; mottled; spotted: a pinto horse.

noun, plural pin·tos.

  1. Western U.S. a pinto horse.
  2. pinto bean.


  1. marked with patches of white; piebald

noun plural -tos

  1. a pinto horse

n.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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