muleta

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/mjuːˈlɛtə/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(mo̅o̅ lātə, -letə)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mu•le•ta  (mo̅o̅ lātə, -letə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sporta red cloth similar to but smaller than a capa and manipulated by a stick set into one of the three holes in or near the center, for use by a matador in guiding the course of the bull's attack in the stage of the fight preparatory to the kill.
  • Spanish: prop, support, muleta, diminutive of mula (feminine) mule1
  • 1830–40

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
muleta /mjuːˈlɛtə/ n
  1. the small cape attached to a stick used by the matador during the final stages of a bullfight
Etymology: Spanish: small mule, crutch, from mula mule1
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