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car·a·cole(kăr′ə-kōl′) also car·a·col (-kŏl′)
A half turn to the right or left performed by a horse and rider.
intr.v. car·a·coled, car·a·col·ing, car·a·coles
To perform a caracole.
[French, from Spanish caracol, snail, possibly from Catalan and Occitan caragol, snail (since the custom of eating snails spread from Catalonia and Occitania in the late Middle Ages); akin to regional Occitan cararolo, eggshell, nutshell, and Walloon and Picard caracole, snail, all probably ultimately of expressive origin (imitative of the sound of a hollow shell).]
1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) dressage a half turn to the right or left
2. (Architecture) a spiral staircase
(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) dressage to execute a half turn to the right or left
[C17: from French, from Spanish caracol snail, spiral staircase, turn]
n., v. -coled, -col•ing. n.
1. a half turn executed by a horse and rider.v.i.
2. to execute caracoles; wheel.
[1650–60; < French < Sp caracol snail, spiral shell or stair, turning movement (of a horse); of uncertain orig.]
Past participle: caracoled