the final third of a bullfight in which the matador uses a muleta and the sword in making the final series of passes preparatory to the kill.

1925–30; < Spanish: literally, task < Catalan < Latin facienda, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of faciendum what is to be done, gerund of facere to do, make; cf. hacienda

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faena (faˈena)
bullfighting the matador's final series of passes with sword and cape before the kill
[literally: task, from obsolete Catalan (modern feina), from Latin facienda things to be done, from facere to do]

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