Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Southwestern U.S. A packsaddle made of a stuffed leather pad.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of packsaddle formerly used in the American military and among the Spanish Americans, made of leather stuffed with hay, moss, or the like.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of pack saddle used in the American military service and among the Spanish Americans. It is made of leather stuffed with hay, moss, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of Mexican saddle formed of leather cushions stuffed with hay, used in the western United States.

Etymologies

American Spanish, from Spanish, equipment, from aparejar, to prepare, from Vulgar Latin *apparicul─üre; see apparel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The equipment of a pack-mule -- mula de carga - consists first and foremost of the aparejo, which is a square pad of stuffed leather.

    Wild Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • The art of packing, a special skill developed largely by the Mexicans, was euphonious with Spanish terms like cargadore, aparejo, suadera, and cincha.

    THE AMERICAN WEST

  • Before Crook, the army quartermaster issued a single size and design of aparejo, or pack-cushion, regardless of the size and shape of the mule.

    Once They Moved Like the Wind

  • H. halving back, see splitting strop handline ligna main aparejo, llnea de mano hanging montage armement armar un arte

    Chapter 5

  • Here's to pack and aparejo, the cradle, gun trail,

    Rhymes of the Rookies

  • The greatest difficulty I experienced was in packing the mules, which operation, when on an aparejo, or Mexican pack-saddle, is the work of two men, and I may as well describe the process.

    Wild Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • The aparejo is then secured by a broad grass-band, which is drawn so tight, that the animal appears cut in two, and groans and grunts most awfully under the operation, which to a greenhorn seems most unnecessary and cruel.

    Wild Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • The tapojos is placed over the eyes, the heavy aparejo adjusted, and the pack secured, in three minutes.

    Wild Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • In a day or two, one is all but felled by the stench and corruption of the worm-filled wound -- when the _aparejo_ is lifted ....

    Fate Knocks at the Door A Novel

  • "I can't tell you how I enjoy having a man at my table who knows the difference between a _parfleche_ and an _aparejo_."

    A Daughter of the Middle Border

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