banderilla

banderilla

[ban-duh-ree-uh, -reel-yuh; Spanish bahn-de-ree-lyah, -yah]
noun, plural banderillas [ban-duh-ree-uhz, -reel-yuhz; Spanish bahn-de-ree-lyahs, -yahs] .
an ornamented dart with barbs used by banderilleros for sticking into the neck or shoulder of the bull.

Origin:
1790–1800; < Spanish, equivalent to bander(a) banner + -illa diminutive suffix < Latin

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banderilla (ˌbændəˈriːə, -ˈriːljə)
 
n
bullfighting a decorated barbed dart, thrust into the bull's neck or shoulder
 
[Spanish, literally: a little banner, from banderabanner]

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