[ban-duh-ree-uh, -reel-yuh; Spanish bahn-de-ree-lyah, -yah]
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noun, plural ban·de·ril·las [ban-duh-ree-uh z, -reel-yuh z; Spanish bahn-de-ree-lyahs, -yahs] /ˌbæn dəˈri əz, -ˈril yəz; Spanish ˌbɑn dɛˈri lyɑs, -yɑs/.
  1. an ornamented dart with barbs used by banderilleros for sticking into the neck or shoulder of the bull.

Origin of banderilla

1790–1800; < Spanish, equivalent to bander(a) banner + -illa diminutive suffix < Latin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. bullfighting a decorated barbed dart, thrust into the bull's neck or shoulder

Word Origin for banderilla

Spanish, literally: a little banner, from bandera banner
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