- a long rope or line of hide or other material with a running noose at one end, used for roping horses, cattle, etc.
- to catch with or as with a lasso.
Origin of lasso
1760–70; < Spanish lazo < Latin laqueus noose, bond; see lace
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- a long rope or thong with a running noose at one end, used (esp in America) for roping horses, cattle, etc; lariat
- (tr) to catch with or as if with a lasso
C19: from Spanish lazo, ultimately from Latin laqueus noose
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Word Origin and History for lassoing
1807 (v.); 1808 (n.), American English, from Spanish lazo, from Latin laqueum (nominative laqueus) "noose, snare" (see lace (n.)).
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