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muleta

[moo-ley-tuh, -let-uh] /muˈleɪ tə, -ˈlɛt ə/
noun
1.
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
1830-1840
1830-40; < Spanish: prop, support, muleta, diminutive of mula (feminine) mule1
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muleta

/mjuːˈlɛtə/
noun
1.
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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