picador

noun
pic·​a·​dor | \ ˈpi-kə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce picador (audio) , ˌpi-kə-ˈdȯr\
plural picadors\ ˈpi-​kə-​ˌdȯrz How to pronounce picadors (audio) , ˌpi-​kə-​ˈdȯrz \ or picadores\ ˌpi-​kə-​ˈdȯr-​ēz How to pronounce picadores (audio) \

Definition of picador

: a horseman in a bullfight who jabs the bull with a lance to weaken its neck and shoulder muscles

First Known Use of picador

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for picador

Spanish, from picar to prick, from Vulgar Latin *piccare — more at pike

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The first known use of picador was in 1789

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