from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of riata.
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- n. A lariat or lasso.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lariat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rope, usually of rawhide, with or without a noose, used in western and Spanish America for catching or picketing animals; a lariat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long noosed rope used to catch animals
In the Spanish country it was called reata and even today is sometimes seen in the Southwest made of rawhide.
This task is called floreo de reata or ‘making flowers.’
The reata in those days was nearly always made of plaited raw hide, and often made by the boys themselves, though a good reata required a long time to complete and peculiar skill in the making of it.
In South America a ring fixed to the surcingle is used; while in Guatemala and Costa Rica the reata is tied to the end of the horse's tail!
Then quick as a flash Bet thought of the reata on Joy's saddle.
Morgan knew by the feel of it against his neck that it was a platted rawhide, such as the Mexicans term _reata_.
A reata was coiled at his saddle, and two big Colts swung from a beaded
Red was downstream casting at a rock across the torrent but the wind toyed with the heavy, water-soaked _reata_ as though it were a string.
With her own _reata_ he fastened her hands behind her and tied the girl securely to the twisted trunk of a Joshua tree.
He ran back to the bronco and untied the reata from the tientos.