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

  • n. A lariat; a lasso.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a lariat or lasso

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See reata.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long noosed rope used to catch animals


Spanish reata, lasso, lariat; see lariat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish reata. (Wiktionary)


  • We also tried some charred lamb skewers with great, spicy, cucumber riata.

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  • He tore the riata from his saddle and began to beat her to the ground with it.

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  • With a riata over his shoulder to rope some great horses from the herd, he looked forward to the adventure.

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  • We will fashion a halter and tie a post to the end of a riata for her to drag.

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  • Deuces tied the riata off and in the gathering darkness dropped to his hands and knees to measure the width between his scalp and the soil.

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  • She looked at the _riata_ and sniffed it disparagingly; she pawed some pebbles that were near me tentatively with her small hoof; she started back with a Robinson-Crusoe-like horror of my footprints in the wet gully, but my actual personal presence she ignored.

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  • It was not long, however, before I was interrupted by shouts and screams from that vicinity and on returning thither I found that Chu Chu, with the assistance of her _riata_, had securely wound up two of my neighbors to the tree, where they presented the appearance of early

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  • And to tell the truth, as Enriquez and I fell back, although I had insisted upon still keeping hold of the end of the _riata_, it was a picture to admire.

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  • "I would not that you should hold the _riata_," said Consuelo petulantly.

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  • When I reached my house in the suburbs, before entering the "fifty vara" lot inclosure, I deemed it prudent to leave her outside while I informed the household of my purchase; and with this object I tethered her by the long _riata_ to a solitary sycamore which stood in the centre of the road, the crossing of two frequented thoroughfares.

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