lariat

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noun lar·i·at \ˈler-ē-ət\

Definition of lariat

  1. :  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

Examples of lariat in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology 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


LARIAT Defined for Kids

lariat

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noun lar·i·at \ˈler-ē-ət\

Definition of lariat for Students

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



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