Maverick



[mav-er-ik, mav-rik] /ˈmæv ər ɪk, ˈmæv rɪk/

noun
1.
Southwestern U.S. an unbranded calf, cow, or steer, especially an unbranded calf that is separated from its mother.
2.

3.
Maverick, an electro-optically guided U.S. air-to-ground tactical missile for destroying tanks and other hardened targets at ranges up to 15 miles (24 km).
adjective
4.
unorthodox, unconventional, nonconformist:
a maverick fiscal conservative willing to raise taxes.
/ˈmævərɪk/
noun
1.
(in US and Canadian cattle-raising regions) an unbranded animal, esp a stray calf
2.

n.

1867, “calf or yearling found without an owner’s brand,” so called for Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870), Texas cattle owner who was negligent in branding his calves. Sense of “individualist, unconventional person” is first recorded 1886, via notion of “masterless.”

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