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Nov 14, 2006
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Words with a built-in definite article

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lariat

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lariat (LAIR-ee-uht) noun

A long, light rope with a running noose, used to catch cattle, horses, etc. Also known as a lasso.

[From Spanish la reata (the rope), from reatar (to tie again), from re- (again) + atar (tie), from Latin aptare (join, fit), from aptus (apt, fit).]

See more usage examples of lariat in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Will Rogers, often referred to as the nation's "poet lariat", was about a lot more than rope tricks."
Kerry Clawson; Roped Into Revue on Poet Lariat; Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio); Jun 30, 2002.

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Money is human happiness in the abstract: he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money. -Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher (1788-1860)

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