Texas

(Sp. model spelled same [téxas] < Caddo Indian teyshas 'allies or friends' appropriated by the Spanish in the 1540s who mistakenly took it to be a tribal name.)
   1) A term written in lowercase referring to the canopy of a covered wagon adjusted and reinforced to withstand wet weather.
   2) Name of the second largest state in the Union, admitted in 1845 (as the twenty-eighth), which is intimately associated with cowboying. As such it is combined to form compounds relating to fauna and flora native to or introduced to Texas. Animals include: Texas cow, Texas cattle or Texas herd, Texas longhorn, Texas pony, Texas armadillo, and Texas fever tick. Some typical plants include: Texas bluebonnet, Texas bluegrass, and Texas (white) oak.
   Alternate form: Tejas.

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

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