Definition of caracole in English:

caracole

Line breaks: cara|cole
Pronunciation: /ˈkarəkəʊl
 
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noun

A half turn to the right or left by a horse.
More example sentences
  • By 1700 the caracole, initially so fashionable, was obsolete and the cavalryman's pistol was reserved for the mêlée or as just another item in the horse soldier's armoury.
  • The most common tactic used was the caracole - a combined cavalry charge assisted by firearms.

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top  
(Of a horse) perform a caracole: he danced sideways and then caracoled round the corner of the stables
More example sentences
  • The thews in his hindquarters strained and bulged as the knight caracoled on his rear legs.
  • But she and the others walked past the German parade ground, where, in the war, the horses had caracoled every day, and turned onto Lange Reihe.
  • The young men on horseback caracoled about the carriages, as they did at Longchamps, for Longchamps was already in existence and even very brilliant.

Origin

early 17th century: from French caracole, caracol 'snail's shell, spiral'.

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