banderilla

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noun 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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Origin and Etymology of banderilla

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

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