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banderilla Line breaks: ban|der¦illa
Pronunciation: /ˌbandəˈriːjə/

Definition of banderilla in English:


A decorated dart thrust into a bull’s neck or shoulders during a bullfight.
Example sentences
  • With the brightly coloured banderillas (barbed darts) he approaches the bull excellently and positions them carefully on the neck, bringing the crowd to its feet with applause.
  • The banderillero, carrying a banderilla in each hand, runs towards the charging bull at an angle and places the banderillas in its neck.
  • Their job is to insert two banderillas (decorated wooden sticks with spiked ends) over the horns into the bull's neck muscle.


Spanish, diminutive of bandera 'banner'.

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