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surcingle

Line breaks: sur|cin¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːsɪŋɡ(ə)l
 
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Definition of surcingle in English:

noun

A wide strap which runs over the back and under the belly of a horse, used to keep a rug or other equipment in place.
Example sentences
  • Horses were placed in stocks wearing a bridle with a flash noseband and surcingle.
  • This girth rope reminded me of a vaulter's surcingle and the riders buy their own ropes for competition.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French surcengle, based on cengle 'girth', from Latin cingula, from cingere 'gird'.

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