2 a long noosed rope used to catch animals [syn: lariat, riata, reata] v : catch with a lasso; "rope cows" [syn: rope]
Etymologylazo ← Vulgar *laceum ← Latin laqueus.
a long rope
- To catch with a lasso.
to catch with a lasso
- Finnish: lassota
- Icelandic: snara
- Spanish: lacear, lazar
A lasso is a loop of rope that is designed to be thrown around a target and tighten when pulled. It is a well-known tool of the American cowboy. The word is also a verb; to lasso is to successfully throw the loop of rope around something. When referring to the entire length of rope used, before or after a loop is formed, the rope itself is more properly called a lariat. Many cowboys simply call it a "Rope."
A lariat is made from stiff rope so that the noose stays open when the lasso is thrown. It also allows the cowboy to easily open up the noose from horseback to releasing the cattle because the rope is stiff enough to be pushed a little. A high quality lasso is weighted for better handling. The lariat has a small reinforced loop at one end, called a hondo, through which the rope passes to form a loop. The other end is usually tied simply in a small, tight, overhand knot to prevent fraying. Most modern lariats are made of stiff nylon rope, usually about 5/16" or 3/8" in diameter.
The lariat is used today in rodeos as part of the competitive events such as calf roping and team roping. It is also still used on working ranches to capture cattle or other livestock when necessary. After catching the cattle, the lasso can be tied or wrapped (dallied) around the horn, a typical feature on the front of a western saddle. With the lariat around the horn, the cowboy can use his horse as the equivalent of a towtruck with a winch.
Part of the historical culture of both the vaqueros of Mexico and the cowboys of the Western United States, is a related skill now called "trick roping" , a performance of assorted lasso spinning tricks. Will Rogers was a well-known practitioner of trick roping and the natural horsemanship practitioner Buck Brannaman also got his start as a trick roper when he was a child.
HistoryLassos are not only part of North American culture; relief carvings at the ancient Egyptian temple of Pharoah Seti I at Abydos, built c.1280 BC, show the pharoah holding a lasso, then holding onto a bull roped around the horns. They were also used by Tatars and are still used by the Sami people. The Mongols use a variant of the lasso called an uurga consisting of a rope loop at the end of a very long pole.
lasso in Bulgarian: Ласо
lasso in German: Lasso
lasso in Esperanto: Lazo
lasso in French: Lasso
lasso in Galician: Lazo
lasso in Icelandic: Slönguvaður
lasso in Italian: Lazo
lasso in Dutch: Lasso
lasso in Polish: Lasso
lasso in Russian: Лассо
lasso in Finnish: Lasso
lasso in Swedish: Lasso
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