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Rosinante

[roz-uh-nan-tee, roh-zuh-nahn-tee] /ˌrɒz əˈnæn ti, ˌroʊ zəˈnɑn ti/
noun
1.
the old, worn horse of Don Quixote.
2.
(lowercase) an old, decrepit horse.
Spanish Rocinante.
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Rosinante

/ˌrɒzɪˈnæntɪ/
noun
1.
a worn-out emaciated old horse
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish, the name of Don Quixote's horse, from rocin old horse
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Word Origin and History for Rosinante
n.

Don Quixote's horse, from Spanish Rocinante, from rocin "worn-out horse" + antes "before," "so called in allusion to the circumstance that Don Quixote's charger was formerly a wretched hack" [Klein]. Rocin is cognate with Old French rancin "draft horse, hack," but the word is of unknown origin.

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