muleta

[ moo-ley-tuh, -let-uh ]
/ muˈleɪ tə, -ˈlɛt ə /

noun

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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muleta
/ (mjuːˈlɛtə) /

noun

the small cape attached to a stick used by the matador during the final stages of a bullfight

Word Origin for muleta

Spanish: small mule, crutch, from mula mule 1
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