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[moo-ley-tuh, -let-uh] /muˈleɪ tə, -ˈlɛt ə/
a 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.
Origin of muleta
1830-40; < Spanish: prop, support, muleta, diminutive of mula (feminine) mule1 Unabridged
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  • In one of his evolutions, the bull, tired by the muleta, stood motionless.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • He is armed with a short Toledan blade and the muleta, a small red cloth.

    Things seen in Spain C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Garabato had the sword and muleta ready on the edge of the wall.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Joy bordering on madness possessed the Madrilenean ring when Montes handled the muleta.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • With scientific precision, the swordsman flutters his muleta in the bull's face.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • Mazzantini, with a sword concealed in a muleta of bright scarlet silk, and accompanied by the chulos, approached him.

  • Gallardo turned his back to these protests and saluted the enthusiasts with his muleta and sword.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • He arranges the muleta over a little stick, so that it hangs down like a flag and conceals his sword.

  • Each pass of his muleta was accompanied by acclamations of enthusiasm and shouts of fear.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • He extended his muleta and the beast attacked with sonorous bellowing, passing beneath the red rag.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
British Dictionary definitions for muleta


the small cape attached to a stick used by the matador during the final stages of a bullfight
Word Origin
Spanish: small mule, crutch, from mulamule1
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