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bronco

[ brong-koh ]
/ ˈbrɒŋ koʊ /
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noun, plural bron·cos.

a range pony or mustang of the western U.S., especially one that is not broken or is imperfectly broken.

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Also bronc [brongk] /brɒŋk/ . Sometimes bron·cho .

Origin of bronco

An Americanism first recorded in 1865–70; from Mexican Spanish, short for Spanish potro bronco “untamed colt” (in Mexican Spanish: “wild horse, half-tamed horse”); bronco, was apparently a nasalized variant of the Latin adjective broccus “projecting”; see origin at broach
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British Dictionary definitions for bronco

bronco

broncho

/ (ˈbrɒŋkəʊ) /

noun plural -cos or -chos

(in the US and Canada) a wild or partially tamed pony or mustang of the western plains
C19: from Mexican Spanish, short for Spanish potro bronco unbroken colt, probably from Latin broccus projecting (as knots on wood), hence, rough, wild
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