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


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Spanish reata.


  • In the Spanish country it was called reata and even today is sometimes seen in the Southwest made of rawhide.

    The Passing of the Frontier; a chronicle of the old West

  • This task is called floreo de reata or ‘making flowers.’

    Charreada in Guadalajara

  • 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.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • 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!

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • Then quick as a flash Bet thought of the reata on Joy's saddle.

    The Merriweather Girls in Quest of Treasure

  • Morgan knew by the feel of it against his neck that it was a platted rawhide, such as the Mexicans term _reata_.

    Trail's End

  • A reata was coiled at his saddle, and two big Colts swung from a beaded

    Kid Wolf of Texas

  • 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.

    Bar-20 Days

  • With her own _reata_ he fastened her hands behind her and tied the girl securely to the twisted trunk of a Joshua tree.

    Crooked Trails and Straight

  • He ran back to the bronco and untied the reata from the tientos.

    A Man Four-Square


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