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mustang Feral horse of the Great Plains of the USA, descended from horses that were imported from Spain. The mustang has short ears, a low-set tail and round leg bones. During the 17th century, there were 2–4 million mustangs. Today, only c.20,000 survive in sw USA.

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mustang wild horse of the American plains XIX. app. blending of Sp. mestengo (now mesten̄o) and mostrenco, both applied to wild or masterless cattle, the former being f. mesta (:-L. mixta, sb. use of fem. pp. of miscēre MIX) association of graziers, who appropriated wild cattle.

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mus·tang / ˈməsˌtang/ • n. an American feral horse, typically small and lightly built.