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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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  • The Mexicans have a terrible and barbarous weapon—the riata!

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • "I would not that you should hold the riata," said Consuelo petulantly.

  • One of them had a riata snatched from a saddle-pommel, and with this they tried to bind him.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • He would have taken the riata which she was still holding, but she motioned him to precede her.

  • His hunting-knife had sheared at a stroke the riata round the engineer's neck.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • One is called the “riata,” and should be of pliant, evenly-spun 2½-in.

  • On the right-hand side of your pommel will be a strap and buckle for your riata.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
  • With a riata around his neck, and carefully guarded, we again advanced.

    Los Gringos

    H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
  • They'll string a riata across the road and hold up the car,209 most likely.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • Jack dropped the riata and turned, his whole face smiling a welcome.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
Word Origin and History for riata

1846, from Spanish reata (see lariat).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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