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picador (n.)

in bullfighting, one of the horsemen, armed with a lance, who commence the combat by pricking the animal to madness with their weapons, 1797, from Spanish picador, literally "pricker," from picar "to pierce," from Vulgar Latin *piccare "to pierce" (see pike (n.1)).

updated on June 08, 2020

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Definitions of picador from WordNet

picador (n.)
the horseman who pricks the bull with a lance early in the bullfight to goad the bull and to make it keep its head low;
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