Use the adjective piebald to describe something that has different colored patches — especially black and white patches. If you own a piebald horse, you could name him Spot.

The adjective piebald is a combination of pie and bald. Pie was the original name for magpie, a common European bird known for its black and white coloring. Bald did not mean "hairless," but referred to a white patch, especially on the head (think bald eagle). So something piebald has a combination of black and white coloring. It mostly refers to horses, although the word can be used to describe other multicolored things.

Definitions of piebald
  1. adjective
    having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
    “a piebald horse”
    synonyms: calico, motley, multi-color, multi-colored, multi-colour, multi-coloured, multicolor, multicolored, multicolour, multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, pied, varicolored, varicoloured
    colored, colorful, coloured
    having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination
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