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puntilla

[poon-tee-uh; Spanish poon-tee-lyah, -yah] /punˈti ə; Spanish punˈti lyɑ, -yɑ/
noun, plural puntillas
[poon-tee-uh z; Spanish poon-tee-lyahs, -yahs] /punˈti əz; Spanish punˈti lyɑs, -yɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in bullfighting) a short dagger used for cutting the spinal cord of the bull.
Origin of puntilla
1830-1840
1830-40; < Spanish, diminutive of punta point
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