mu·​le·​ta | \ mü-ˈlā-tə How to pronounce muleta (audio) , myü- \

Definition of muleta

: a small cloth attached to a short tapered stick and used by a matador in place of the large cape during the final stage of a bullfight

Examples of muleta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Would a toreador be insulted when the bull responds to the muleta? Leah Garchik,, 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of muleta

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for muleta

Spanish, crutch, muleta, diminutive of mula she-mule, from Latin, feminine of mulus mule

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“Muleta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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