quirt


quirt
(cuarta [kwárta] 'fourth; one-fourth' < cuarto 'quarters, room' < Latin quartum 'quarter')
   Bentley: 1846.
   1) A riding whip with a short, often weighted, handle used to discipline an unruly horse or to encourage a slow one.
   2) As a verb, to hit or whip with a quirt. The DRAE glosses cuarta as a short riding whip. Santamaría concurs, adding that it is made entirely of a type of leather called peal. At one end it has a handle or ring made of the same type of leather the cowboy puts over his wrist, and at the other end is a thin strap used as a whip.
   Alternate form: quisto.

Cowboy Talk. A Dictionary of Spanish Terms. . 2013.

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