a long, noosed rope used to catch horses, cattle, or other livestock; lasso.
a rope used to picket grazing animals.

1825–35; < Spanish la reata the riata Unabridged
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lariat (ˈlærɪət)
1.  another word for lasso
2.  a rope for tethering animals
[C19: from Spanish la reata the lasso]

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Word Origin & History

1832, Amer.Eng., from Sp. la reata "the rope," from reatar "to tie again," from atar "to tie," from L. aptare "to join."
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Example sentences
Gift shop for local art and recycled lariat rope baskets.
He was dead, and his legs were trussed up as if a cowboy calf roper had used his lariat.
It has nothing to do with what kind of lariat they're carrying.
Bill is an expert with a lariat, the twirling of which amazes the youthful ruler.
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