1 : an unbranded range animal; especially : a motherless calf
2 : an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
Did You Know?
When a client gave Samuel A. Maverick 400 cattle to settle a $1,200 debt, the 19th-century south Texas lawyer had no use for them, so he left the cattle unbranded and allowed them to roam freely (supposedly under the supervision of one of his employees).
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