August 30, 2013
- mustang (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a small hardy wild horse of the western of the U.S. that is directly descended from horses brought in by the Spaniards2 : an untamed or partly tamed horse of western North America
- How do you use it?
- On their trip to the western United States, Logan and his family were treated to the majestic sight of mustangs running free.
- Are you a word wiz?
The word "mustang" traces back to a Medieval Latin phrase. What do you think that phrase meant?Go wild for B. Many American cowboy practices, including a yearly roundup of unbranded or stray cattle, can be traced back to those of northern Mexico. The Spanish word for this roundup was "mesta," which came from a Latin phrase that meant "mixed animals." From "mesta," the Spanish created the word "mestengo," meaning "wild or stray animal." In Mexican Spanish, "mestengo" came to be used for wild or stray horses. As these horses became more common in the western plains of the United States, English borrowed the Mexican Spanish word "mestengo" as "mustang."