Glossary

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Here are definitions of some of the words you’ll find in The Sagebrush Singers.

arroyo a dry creek

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arroyo_(creek)

Big Creek formerly booming mining town

Here’s a photo of a real Nevada ghost town surrounded by sagebrush-covered hills:

Nevada Ghost Town

brand a mark burned onto cattle with a hot iron to show ownership

See http://kottke.org/13/05/the-design-of-cattle-brands
and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livestock_branding

buckaroo another word for cowboy, used in the American Southwest, from the Spanish word vaquero

See http://www.rondotson.com/Western_Art2.html

burro a small donkey often used as a pack animal

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burro
Listen to a burro braying: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RK3FDLFtwA

caw sound crows and ravens make

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZBfahJmqAQ

corral fenced-in holding area for livestock

See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Corral_(PSF).png

coyote a wolf-like animal common in the American West

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coyote
Listen to a coyote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ga0i1FSXZQ

cucaracha Spanish word for cockroach

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockroach

desert in The Sagebrush Singers it’s the “high desert” of the American West
The High Desert
juniper evergreen tree common in the high desert

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniper

lasso buckaroo’s rope used to catch animals

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasso

pinion pine evergreen tree common in the high desert

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyon_pine

posse a group of men gathered to help the sheriff find and catch an outlaw

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_comitatus_(common_law)

quaking aspen water-loving tree that grows in desert canyons

See http://www2.arborday.org/treeguide/treeDetail.cfm?ID=122

raccoon small furry animal, mostly gray with a black mask and ringed tail

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon

raven large black bird similar to a crow

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raven

rustler horse and cattle thief

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_raiding

sagebrush gray-green shrub that grows abundantly in the high desert

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_tridentata

siesta Spanish word for a little afternoon nap

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siesta

skunk animal that has black and white fur and can squirt a foul-smelling fluid when it feels threatened

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk
and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfrXnBMnNvg

stampede a wild dash of frightened animals

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stampede

strays cattle or horses that have lost their herd; cowboys have to ride out and look for them to ‘round them up’
spur pointed metal tool worn on a rider’s boots and used to urge a horse on

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spur

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