ata·​jo | \ əˈtä(ˌ)hō, -ta-, -tā- \
plural -s

Definition of atajo

1 chiefly Southwest : a drove of mules or horses
2 chiefly Southwest : an expedient of any kind : short cut

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History and Etymology for atajo

Spanish, from atajar to intercept, cut off, take a short cut, from a- (from Latin ad-) + tajar to divide, slice, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin taliare

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“Atajo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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