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lariat

noun lar·i·at \ˈler-ē-ət\

Definition of LARIAT

:  a long light rope (as of hemp or leather) used with a running noose to catch livestock or with or without the noose to tether grazing animals :  lasso
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Examples of LARIAT

  1. <the cowboy could throw a lariat around a running steer's head from 20 yards away>

Origin of LARIAT

American Spanish la reata the lasso, from Spanish la the + American Spanish reata lasso, from Spanish reatar to tie again, from re- + atar to tie, from Latin aptare to fit — more at adapt
First Known Use: 1832

Related to LARIAT

Synonyms
lasso, reata, riata

Rhymes with LARIAT

LARIAT Defined for Kids

lariat

noun lar·i·at \ˈler-ē-ət\

Definition of LARIAT for Kids

:  a long light rope used to catch livestock or tie up grazing animals

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