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lariat

Line breaks: lar¦iat
Pronunciation: /ˈlarɪət
 
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Definition of lariat in English:

noun

A rope used as a lasso or for tethering.
Example sentences
  • Their stocky Indian driver, pigtailed and black-hatted, followed them astride a mule and quirted their hindquarters with a length of rope which he swung like a lariat.
  • Shebala and his son Sheldon, 24, used lariats to tie up one of the animals legs force it to lie on the ground.
  • A gaggle of cowboys walk by en route to the rodeo tent, lariats swinging.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Spanish la reata from la 'the' and reatar 'tie again' (based on Latin aptare 'adjust', from aptus 'apt, fitting').

Words that rhyme with lariat

chariot, Harriet, Judas Iscariot, Marryat

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