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lariat (n.)

rope or cord used for tying or catching horses, 1832, American English, from Spanish la reata "the rope," from reatar "to tie against," from re- "back" (see re-) + atar "to tie," from Latin aptare "to join," from aptus "fitted" (see apt). Compare lasso.

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Definitions of lariat

lariat (n.)
a long noosed rope used to catch animals;
Synonyms: lasso / riata / reata
From wordnet.princeton.edu