quirt

quirt

[kwurt]
noun
1.
a riding whip consisting of a short, stout stock and a lash of braided leather.
verb (used with object)
2.
to strike with a quirt.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; perhaps < Spanish cuerda cord

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quirt (kwɜːt)
 
n
1.  a whip with a leather thong at one end
 
vb
2.  to strike with a quirt
 
[C19: from Spanish cuerdacord]

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