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[ree-ah-tuh, -at-uh]
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  1. riata.
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or re·a·ta

[ree-ah-tuh, -at-uh]
  1. a lariat.
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Origin of riata

1840–50, Americanism; < Spanish reata, derivative of reatar to tie again, equivalent to re- re- + atar < Latin aptāre to fit
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  • They sent one of their number to get a reata for that purpose.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • The only thing Pete can do well is to throw the reata, broke in Scotty.

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

  • Hugh called the rope a lassrope, or a reata—this being a Spanish word meaning rope.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman

    George Bird Grinnell

  • Then he raised his eyes, measured the distance and turning the reata forcibly round his head, hurled it into Doa Anita's balcony.

    The Tiger-Slayer

    Gustave Aimard

Word Origin and History for reata



1846, from Spanish reata (see lariat).

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