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(lăs`ō, lăso͞o`), light, strong rope, usually with a smooth, hard finish, made of a fine quality of hemp or nylon. It is used primarily for catching large animals such as cattle and horses. Horsehair or rawhide lassos were formerly common in America, but they have almost completely given way to the hemp and nylon ropes, which are far more efficient roping tools. The rope varies in length from 35 to 50 ft (11–15 m). At one end of the rope is a running knot or a metal ring by means of which a loop or noose is made. The loop is thrown, from as far away as 30 ft (9 m), around the horns or the feet of an animal and drawn tight. The lasso was invented by Native Americans, who used it effectively in war against the Spanish invaders. In the W United States and in parts of Latin America the lasso is a part of the equipment of a cattle herder. To use it on horseback requires great skill of the rider and his horse—the pull of the captured animal may throw the rider's horse, or the horse or rider may become entangled in the rope. The lasso is often called a lariat; the term lariat is applied also to a rope used in picketing, or tethering, animals.
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a long rope (from 15 to 30 m) woven from thong, horse hair, or wool, with a running noose. The lasso, evidently, emerged as a hunting implement and was later widely used by stock raisers. It was known in the countries of the ancient East, especially among the Scythians. Under various names it has been used and is used to this day by many Asian peoples. After cattle and horses were brought to America, the lasso was widely used by some Indian tribes engaged in horse hunting.

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An image editing tool that enables you to select an irregular object by dragging the mouse around it (while the mouse button is held down) and letting go. You do not have to join the ends together. When the mouse button is released, the two ends are connected automatically.

The Lasso Button
The lasso tool is found in many paint and image editing programs both in the Mac and Windows.
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To add to their shock, they also found artificial powders that were used to make lassi.
Gyan Singh's lassi is popular not only in Amritsar but outside the city as well.
For those who like salty lassi, he adds in salt instead of sugar.
Apart from "Lassi", ice candies, popular among youngsters, is also making a steady business.
Samples of the toxic lassi have been collected and sent for laboratory test to know the reasons behind contamination.
During Ramadan, tea shops are usually replaced with lassi shops with milkmen busy preparing curd for lassi in their makeshift shops.
The accused, Asiya Bibi, with the help of her friend Shahid and relative Zarina Bibi, had allegedly gave poisonous 'Lassi' to her in-laws in Basti Lashari of Mouza Walot in premises of Kundai police, Tehsil Alipur, some days ago.
SANGLA HILL, June 15, 2011 (Frontier Star): As much as eight men became unconscious after drinking poisonous Lassi in Chamber of Chaudhry Sultan Jan Advocate in Tehsil Kacheri Sangla Hill on the other day.
Police said Asiya Bibi mixed poison into her husband's milk last week but he initially failed to drink it and it was instead blended into a batch of yoghurt-based lassi and served to the man's family.
He said seven patients were still admitted to the hospital out of total 23 who had landed with poisonous Lassi intake.
A Sikh businessman, Nam Singh has set up a stall outside his medicine shop near Aasia Gate for distribution of sweet drink, lassi (curd mixed in water) and food items among fasting faithful.
HYDERABAD -- A cracker blast on a Lassi (buttermilk) cart near Nai Pul area here on Sunday left four persons injured.