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hackamore

[hak-uh-mawr, -mohr]
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noun
  1. a simple looped bridle, by means of which controlling pressure is exerted on the nose of a horse, used chiefly in breaking colts.
  2. Western U.S. any of several forms of halter used especially for breaking horses.
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Origin of hackamore

1840–50, Americanism; alteration (by folk etymology) of Spanish jáquima headstall < Arabic shaqīmah
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Related Words for hackamore

control, deterrent, leash, curb, restraint, rein, check, headstall, halter, hackamore

Examples from the Web for hackamore

Historical Examples of hackamore

  • "Wildfire, I got a rope on you—an' a hackamore—an' a blinder," said Slone.

    The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories

    Various

  • Then he put the hackamore on it and took it out to the gate and tied it to the fence.

    Jack the Young Trapper

    George Bird Grinnell

  • Then with the animal's hackamore in his hand, he mounted and rode to join Hugh.

    Jack the Young Trapper

    George Bird Grinnell

  • He was already saddled and a hackamore was twisted round his nose.

    Cattle-Ranch to College

    Russell Doubleday

  • Dade went on tying the hackamore with a haste that might be called anxious.

    The Gringos

    B. M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for hackamore

hackamore

noun
  1. US and NZ a rope or rawhide halter used for unbroken foals
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Word Origin for hackamore

C19: by folk etymology from Spanish jáquima headstall, from Old Spanish xaquima, from Arabic shaqīmah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hackamore

n.

halter for breaking horses, 1850, American English, of uncertain origin. OED and Klein suggests a corruption of Spanish jaquima (earlier xaquima) "halter, headstall of a horse," which Klein suggests is from Arabic shakimah "bit of a bridle, curb, restraint."

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