skimmel, adjective and noun

Forms:
Also schimel, schimmel.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, adaptation of Dutch schimmel mildew; mottled; grey horse (from schimmelen to mildew, grow mouldy).
A. adjective
1. Roan, grey, or dappled; often with defining words, as
blaauw skimmel, blauw skimmel obsolete [Dutch, blaauw blue], or blue skimmel, blue roan or dapple grey;
rooi skimmel /rɔɪ -/ [Afrikaans, rooi red] or red skimmel, red roan or strawberry roan; also attributive.
1832 Graham’s Town Jrnl 10 Aug. 1271 red schimmel Ox, slit ear, marked ‘E.D.’
1976 O. Levinson Story of Namibia 45The story goes that Franke, who usually rode a ‘Schimmel’ or white horse, went off to reconnoitre upon his arrival at Omaruru.
2. figurative. In the special collocation skimmel day [partial translation of Afrikaans skimmeldag], see quotation.
1877 T. Baines Gold Regions of S.-E. Afr. 66I may as well explain that schimmel means mottled or dappled. Schimmel day is when the light clouds begin to be dappled with the tints of early dawn, but the word is generally used to imply the time of dawn, even though there are no clouds.
B. noun A grey, roan, or dappled horse. Also with defining words, as at sense A 1.
1849 E.D.H.E. Napier Excursions in Sn Afr. I. 295I was as brusquely informed, that if I wanted to purchase the ‘schimmel’ (roan), I must return in the evening.
1971 Farmer’s Weekly 12 Mar. 104Stud comprises some 20 animals including 8 tip-top Mares, 6 Fillies, etc., plus Vonk the sire (skimmel) who is producing true to type.
, see quotation.
A grey, roan, or dappled horse. Also with defining words, as at A 1.

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