Ran"cho (?), n.; pl. Ranchos (#). [Sp., properly, a mess, mess room. Cf. 2d Ranch.]
A rude hut, as of posts, covered with branches or thatch, where herdsmen or farm laborers may live or lodge at night.
A large grazing farm where horses and cattle are raised; -- distinguished from hacienda, a cultivated farm or plantation.
[Mexico & California]
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