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[noh-vee-air-oh, -vuh l-yair-oh; Spanish naw-vee-ye-raw, -lye-]
noun, plural no·vi·lle·ros [noh-vee-air-ohz, -vuh l-yair-ohz; Spanish naw-vee-ye-raws, -lye-] /ˌnoʊ viˈɛər oʊz, -vəlˈyɛər oʊz; Spanish ˌnɔ viˈyɛ rɔs, -ˈlyɛ-/.
  1. a young bullfighter who has not yet been named a matador.
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Origin of novillero

1920–25; < Spanish, equivalent to novill(o) a fighting bull less than three years old (< Latin novellus; see novel2) + -ero (< Latin -ārius -ary); such bulls are typically fought by novice bullfighters
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Historical Examples of novillero

  • Calling males were found in open scrub forest near Tehuantepec and in savannas near Novillero.

    A Distributional Study of the Amphibians of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico

    William E. Duellman