(Sp. model spelled same [armitas] < Spanish armas [see above] plus diminutive suffix -ita 'small shields, armor')
   West: 1942. This term may refer to a short leather apron worn by cowboys to protect their legs from rubbing and chaffing (sometimes caused by the reata) or to a short variety of chaps, also known as chinks, that extended only to the knees.

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

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  • chinks — (Spanish source uncertain; the original etymon may have been chincaderos [tfi^kaSéros] or chigaderos [tfigaSéros])    DARE: 1936. A short variety of chaps that extended only to the knees. Not glossed in Spanish sources.    Alternate forms:… …   Vocabulario Vaquero