noun mes·te·ño \mə̇ˈstān(ˌ)yō\

Definition of mesteño




  1. :  a horse or cow sometimes branded that has escaped from the owner and is running wild; also :  any wild horse — compare mustang

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Origin and Etymology of mesteño

Spanish, adjective, wild, stray — more at mustang

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to cast off or become cast off

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