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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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  • He is armed with a short Toledan blade and the muleta, a small red cloth.

    Things seen in Spain C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • In one of his evolutions, the bull, tired by the muleta, stood motionless.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • 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
  • Mazzantini, with a sword concealed in a muleta of bright scarlet silk, and accompanied by the chulos, approached him.

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

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • As he stood an instant with his muleta held low the bull made a movement as if to charge, but did not stir.

    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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