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or re·a·ta

[ree-ah-tuh, -at-uh]
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  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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Historical Examples

  • The Mexicans have a terrible and barbarous weapon—the riata!


    Charles Reginald Enock

  • "I would not that you should hold the riata," said Consuelo petulantly.

  • One of them had a riata snatched from a saddle-pommel, and with this they tried to bind him.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • He would have taken the riata which she was still holding, but she motioned him to precede her.

  • His hunting-knife had sheared at a stroke the riata round the engineer's neck.

    A Texas Ranger

    William MacLeod Raine

Word Origin and History for riata


1846, from Spanish reata (see lariat).

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