puntilla

[ poon-tee-uh; Spanish poon-tee-lyah, -yah ]
/ punˈti ə; Spanish punˈti lyɑ, -yɑ /
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noun, plural pun·til·las [poon-tee-uh z; Spanish poon-tee-lyahs, -yahs] /punˈti əz; Spanish punˈti lyɑs, -yɑs/.

(in bullfighting) a short dagger used for cutting the spinal cord of the bull.

Origin of puntilla

1830–40; < Spanish, diminutive of punta point
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