- 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
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Examples from the Web for muleta
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.
Garabato had the sword and muleta ready on the edge of the wall.
Joy bordering on madness possessed the Madrilenean ring when Montes handled the muleta.Unexplored Spain
Mazzantini, with a sword concealed in a muleta of bright scarlet silk, and accompanied by the chulos, approached him.Mr. Incoul's Misadventure
- the small cape attached to a stick used by the matador during the final stages of a bullfight
Spanish: small mule, crutch, from mula mule 1