mustang

[ muhs-tang ]
/ ˈmʌs tæŋ /

noun

a small, hardy horse of the American plains, descended from Spanish stock.
U.S. Navy Slang. a naval officer who received his commission while still an enlisted man.

verb (used without object)

to round up wild horses, especially in order to sell them illegally to slaughterhouses.

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Origin of mustang

1800–10, Americanism;<Spanish mestengo stray or ownerless beast, noun use of masculine adj.: pertaining to a mixed lot of beasts, equivalent to mest(a) such a mixed lot (<Latin (animālia) mixta mixed (beasts), neuter plural adj., taken as feminine singular noun; see mixed) + -engo adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for mustang

mustang
/ (ˈmʌstæŋ) /

noun

a small breed of horse, often wild or half wild, found in the southwestern US

Word Origin for mustang

C19: from Mexican Spanish mestengo, from mesta a group of stray animals
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