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quirt

[kwurt] /kwɜrt/
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
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; perhaps < Spanish cuerda cord
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British Dictionary definitions for quirt

quirt

/kwɜːt/
noun
1.
a whip with a leather thong at one end
verb (transitive)
2.
to strike with a quirt
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish cuerdacord
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Word Origin and History for quirt
n.

"short-handled braided leather riding whip," 1845, from Mexican Spanish cuarta "rope," related to Spanish cuerda "rope," from Latin corda (see cord (n.)).

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