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any of several barbed darts with little streamers attached to them, that the banderillero sticks into the neck and shoulders of the bull
Origin: Sp, dim. of bandera, akin to Fr bannière < VL *bandaria: see banner
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A decorated barbed dart that is thrust into the bull's neck or shoulder muscles by a banderillero in a bullfight.
Origin: Spanish, diminutive of bandera, banner, from Vulgar Latin *bandāria; see banner.