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vaquero

[vah-kair-oh; Spanish bah-ke-raw] /vɑˈkɛər oʊ; Spanish bɑˈkɛ rɔ/
noun, plural vaqueros
[vah-kair-ohz; Spanish bah-ke-raws] /vɑˈkɛər oʊz; Spanish bɑˈkɛ rɔs/ (Show IPA).
Southwestern U.S.
1.
a cowboy or herdsman.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Spanish, equivalent to vac(a) cow (< Latin vacca) + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary
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vaquero

n.

1826, from Spanish, literally "cowboy," from vaca "cow," from Latin vacca (see vaccination).

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