- 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
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Examples from the Web for reata
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.Mason of Bar X Ranch
He gave the broncho a slap with the reata, not having the heart to use his spurs.The Broncho Rider Boys with the Texas Rangers
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
Word Origin and History for reata
1846, from Spanish reata (see lariat).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper