(estampida [estampida] < estampía 'tumultuous race; abrupt departure' < estampar, of Germanic origin, probably from French estamper 'to crush; to mash')
   1) OED: 1826. As a noun, the mass bolting of frenzied cattle. Also, more generally, the sudden bolting of any herd of animals, or even of humans, as in a gold stampede or land stampede.
   Alternate form: stompede.
   2) Calgary, Alberta: 1912. By extension from (1), a southwestern celebration consisting of a rodeo and other contests and exhibitions.
   3) OED: 1823. As an intransitive verb, to take flight suddenly (generally said of a herd of cattle or other animals).
   4) OED: 1848. As a transitive verb, to cause a stampede (1), usually said of humans. This was a technique used by Indians and others to steal cattle. The Royal Academy defines estampida primarily as a sharp, loud noise, such as one made by the firing of a cannon. It also refers to the precipitous flight of a human or animal, or of a group of either of these. Spanish sources do not reference the term as a verb; usages (3) and (4) are extensions of (1).

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

(as of horses from fright)

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