May 072013
 

American Gods.
Neil Gaiman.

Shadow’s mount caracoled away from it, and Shadow stroked its neck and told it not to be afraid.

Page: 101

Next time I go to the circus I will have a word for what the horses and, I suppose, elephants are doing.

Word: caracole [karuh-kohl]
noun
 1. a half turn executed by a horse and rider.
 2. Rare. a winding staircase.
verb (used without object)
 3. to execute caracoles; wheel.

Origin: 1650–60; < French < Spanish caracol snail, spiral shell or stair, turning movement (of a horse)

Source: Dictionary.com


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