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Bayard (bā´ərd), Ital. Baiardo (bäyär´dō), in chivalric romance, a bay horse, remarkable for his spirit and for his unique ability to fit his size to his rider. He appears in the 12th-century French epic Renaud de Montauban and in later tales of Roland by Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso.

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Bayard1 name of the magic bright bay-coloured horse given by Charlemagne to Renaud (or Rinaldo), one of the four sons of Aimon. Bayard was formerly used as a mock-heroic name for any horse, and also as a type of blind recklessness.