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1Treated as plural. In late 19th- and early 20th-cent. Mexico: a mounted force of federal law enforcement officers; the members of this force collectively.
2In singular form rurale. A member of the Rurales.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Testimony Texas Border Troubles. From Mexican Spanish rurales, specific use as noun of the plural of Spanish rural, originally short for cuerpos rurales, lit. ‘rural forces’, denoting the Mexican Guardia Rural Rural Guard.
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