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bronco

[brong-koh] /ˈbrɒŋ koʊ/
noun, plural broncos.
1.
a range pony or mustang of the western U.S., especially one that is not broken or is imperfectly broken.
Also, bronc, broncho.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish, short for Spanish potro bronco untamed colt (in Mexican Spanish: wild horse, half-tamed horse); bronco, apparently nasalized variant of Latin broccus; see broach
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British Dictionary definitions for bronco

bronco

/ˈbrɒŋkəʊ/
noun (pl) -cos, -chos
1.
(in the US and Canada) a wild or partially tamed pony or mustang of the western plains
Word Origin
C19: from Mexican Spanish, short for Spanish potro bronco unbroken colt, probably from Latin broccus projecting (as knots on wood), hence, rough, wild
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Word Origin and History for bronco
n.

also broncho, 1850, American English, "untamed or half-tamed horse," from noun use of Spanish bronco (adj.) "rough, rude," originally a noun meaning "a knot in wood," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruncus "a knot, projection," apparently from a cross of Latin broccus "projecting" (see broach (n.)) + truncus "trunk of a tree" (see trunk (n.)). Bronco-buster is attested from 1886.

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bronco

noun

A young male not accustomed to nor complaisant in homosexual relations (1970s+ Homosexuals)

[fr Spanish bronco, ''coarse, rough'']


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Encyclopedia Article for bronco

North American wild or Indian-tamed horse, descended from horses taken to the New World by the Spanish in the 16th century. The name comes from that of an Indian tribe of eastern Washington and Oregon that was known for the small horses it bred.

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