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cuadrilla

[kwah-dree-yuh, -dreel-yuh; Spanish kwah-th ree-lyah, -th ree-yah] /kwɑˈdri yə, -ˈdril yə; Spanish kwɑˈðri lyɑ, -ˈðri yɑ/
noun, plural cuadrillas
[kwah-dree-yuh z, -dreel-yuh z; Spanish kwah-th ree-lyahs, -th ree-yahs] /kwɑˈdri yəz, -ˈdril yəz; Spanish kwɑˈðri lyɑs, -ˈðri yɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
the group of assistants serving a matador in a bullfight, consisting of three banderilleros and two picadors.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Spanish: group, gang (orig. one of four groups), diminutive of cuadra < Latin quadra side of a square
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