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riata

or reata

[ree-ah-tuh, -at-uh] /riˈɑ tə, -ˈæt ə/
noun
1.
a lariat.
Origin of riata
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; < Spanish reata, derivative of reatar to tie again, equivalent to re- re- + atar < Latin aptāre to fit
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  • "I would not that you should hold the riata," said Consuelo petulantly.

  • The Mexicans have a terrible and barbarous weapon—the riata!

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • And by now, Phil had recovered his riata, and the loop was whirling in easy circles about his head.

    When A Man's A Man Harold Bell Wright
  • His hunting-knife had sheared at a stroke the riata round the engineer's neck.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • Mrs. Beasley, however, complacently resumed her dish-washing, and Ira returned to his riata in the adjoining room.

  • One is called the “riata,” and should be of pliant, evenly-spun 2½-in.

  • Leaving the cow-horse to hold the riata tight, Phil sprang from his saddle and ran to the fallen man.

    When A Man's A Man Harold Bell Wright
  • On the right-hand side of your pommel will be a strap and buckle for your riata.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
  • The riata caught the lifted forefeet of the bull just as he stiffened his neck for the lunge.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • With a riata around his neck, and carefully guarded, we again advanced.

    Los Gringos H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
Word Origin and History for riata
n.

1846, from Spanish reata (see lariat).

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