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RANCH, a term in current usage among the English-speaking peoples for a large farm, particularly one for cattle or horsebreeding. The word came into use in this application in the western states of North America, and was an adaptation of the Spanish- American rancho, herdsmen's huts; in Spanish a gathering of people having their meals in common, a mess.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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