You were a lovely word. It wasn’t your fault.
A maverick is an unbranded range animal, especially a motherless calf; it can also mean a person who thinks independently; a lone dissenter; a non-conformist or rebel. The word first arose in mid-19th century America from Samuel Augustus Maverick, a Texas politician with a large ranch full of unbranded cattle
I think it will be at least a generation before the word can recover.
A cow. In Garmisch. THanks to the opensource stream of heritagefutures.