puntilla

[ poon-tee-uh; Spanish poon-tee-lyah, -yah ]
/ punˈti ə; Spanish punˈti lyɑ, -yɑ /

noun, plural pun·til·las [poon-tee-uhz; 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.

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Origin of puntilla

1830–40; <Spanish, diminutive of puntapoint
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