[poon-tee-uh; Spanish poon-tee-lyah, -yah]
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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Cups, plates, and saucers of different kinds, with good painted borders in imitation of lace-work (puntilla).The Arts and Crafts of Older Spain, Volume III (of 3)