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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A term of Spanish derivation applied to the business of rearing cattle, as carried on in the southern and western States of America; vast herds of cattle in a half-wild condition are raised on the wide stretches of prairie land, and are tended by "cowboys," whose free, adventurous life attracts men of all sorts and conditions.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Ranching'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/r/ranching.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.