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[ree-ah-tuh, -at-uh] /riˈɑ tə, -ˈæt ə/


or reata

[ree-ah-tuh, -at-uh] /riˈɑ tə, -ˈæt ə/
a lariat.
Origin of riata
1840-50, Americanism; < Spanish reata, derivative of reatar to tie again, equivalent to re- re- + atar < Latin aptāre to fit Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She pulled my hair wickedly for those slippers, and I got a reata on my back from my grandmother for that running away.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The only thing Pete can do well is to throw the reata, broke in Scotty.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • When necessary, the reata was lowered to the level of the ground, to accommodate passers-by.

  • He gave the broncho a slap with the reata, not having the heart to use his spurs.

  • It did not last long, but though it was so rapid, Brighteye had taken advantage of the transient gleam to hurl his reata.

    The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard
  • The Mexican and the man who had come so luckily to his help had securely tied the Indian with a reata.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard
  • The Indians were expert not only with the bow but with the reata as well, and many Spaniards were lassoed and slain.

    The Spanish Pioneers Charles F. Lummis
  • A reata, rolled up and fastened to the saddle-bow, allowed them to be recognised as partisans from the Mexican frontiers.

    The Gold-Seekers Gustave Aimard
  • They sent one of their number to get a reata for that purpose.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • The lasso or reata, for this weapon has two names, is a strip of plaited leather, rendered supple by means of grease.

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
Word Origin and History for reata



1846, from Spanish reata (see lariat).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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