man·ga·na | \mänˈgänə\
plural -s

Definition of mangana 

chiefly Southwest

: a throw with a lariat designed to catch a horse by the forefeet : forefooting

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for mangana

Spanish, back-formation from manganilla trick, ruse, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin manganella, from plural of (assumed) Vulgar Latin manganellum, diminutive of Late Latin manganum contrivance, device, philter, from Greek manganon mangonel, philter

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about mangana

Statistics for mangana

Look-up Popularity

Comments on mangana

What made you want to look up mangana? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!