bronco

[brong-koh]
noun, plural broncos.
a range pony or mustang of the western U.S., especially one that is not broken or is imperfectly broken.
Also, bronc, broncho.


Origin:
1865–70, 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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bronco or broncho (ˈbrɒŋkəʊ)
 
n , pl -cos, -chos
(in the US and Canada) a wild or partially tamed pony or mustang of the western plains
 
[C19: from Mexican Spanish, short for Spanish potro bronco unbroken colt, probably from Latin broccus projecting (as knots on wood), hence, rough, wild]
 
broncho or broncho
 
n
 
[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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bronco
1850, Amer.Eng., "untamed or half-tamed horse," from Sp. bronco "rough, rude," originally a noun meaning "a knot in wood," perhaps from V.L. *bruncus "a knot, projection," apparently from a cross of L. broccus "projecting" + truncus "trunk of a tree."
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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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After initial testing, the conventional tail was replaced with a bronco tail.
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