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picador

[ pik-uh-dawr; Spanish pee-kah-thawr ]
/ 藞p瑟k 蓹藢d蓴r; Spanish 藢pi k蓱藞冒蓴r /
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noun, plural pi路ca路dors, Spanish pi路ca路do路res [pee-kah-thaw-res]. /藢pi k蓱藞冒蓴 r蓻s/.
one of the mounted assistants to a matador, who opens the bullfight by enraging the bull and weakening its shoulder muscles with a lance.
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Origin of picador

1790鈥1800; <Spanish: literally, pricker, equivalent to pic(ar) to prick (see pique1) + -ador<Latin -膩tor-ator

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British Dictionary definitions for picador

picador
/ (藞p瑟k蓹藢d蓴藧) /

noun
bullfighting a horseman who pricks the bull with a lance in the early stages of a fight to goad and weaken it

Word Origin for picador

C18: from Spanish, literally: pricker, from picar to prick; see pique 1
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