ban·de·ri·lla | \ˌban-də-ˈrē(l)-yə \

Definition of banderilla 

: a decorated barbed dart that the banderillero thrusts into the neck or shoulders of the bull in a bullfight

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For the banderilla: In a medium bowl, combine mojo picón and Manchego cheese, stirring to coat. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 As darkness falls, stroll over to Bar Acuda for garlicky bruschetta topped with local tomatoes, grilled flank steak banderillas with black pepper-pineapple jam and other small plates. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Kauai: Hanalei’s enchanting spell," 25 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of banderilla

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for banderilla

Spanish, diminutive of bandera banner, probably from Old Occitan bandiera

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