(Sp. model spelled same [mekáte] < Nahuatl mécatl 'rope or cord' < metl 'maguey')
   California: 1849. According to Blevins, a rope made of horsehair or maguey used for leading and tethering horses, or as reins with a hackamore. The DRAE defines it as a type of twine, cord, or rope made of agave fibers. Santamaría defines it as any rope made of vegetable fiber used for tying. By extension, it also refers to any rope made from twisted or braided fibers, provided it is thin and is used for tying.
   Alternate forms: macardy, macarte, McCarthy, McCarty, mecarte.
   The supposed surnames are folk etymologies. No doubt some ranch hand who knew little or no Spanish pronounced the term with English phonology, having convinced himself that McCart(h)y (a cowboy legend in some distant region?) was the inventor or master craftsman of the mecate.

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

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