volapié

noun
vo·​la·​pié | \ ˌvōləpēˈā \
plural -s

Definition of volapié

: a method of killing a bull in which the matador advances head on toward the bull and lunges in over the horns to drive the blade between the shoulders

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for volapié

Spanish, literally, foot flight, from volar to fly (from Latin volare) + pie foot, from Latin ped-, pes foot

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about volapié

Statistics for volapié

Cite this Entry

“Volapié.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volapi%C3%A9. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

Comments on volapié

What made you want to look up volapié? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!