vaqueros

vaquero

[vah-kair-oh; Spanish bah-ke-raw]
noun, plural vaqueros [vah-kair-ohz; Spanish bah-ke-raws] . Southwestern U.S.
a cowboy or herdsman.

Origin:
1790–1800; < Spanish, equivalent to vac(a) cow (< Latin vacca) + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary

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vaquero
1826, from Sp., lit. "cowboy," from vaca "cow," from L. vacca (see vaccination).
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