picador[pik′ə dôr′; Sp pē′kä t̸hō̂r′]
nounpl. picadors or picadores
in bullfighting, any of the horsemen who weaken the neck muscles of the bull by pricking with a lance
Origin of picadorSpanish ; from picar, to prick ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form piccare ; from an unverified form piccus, for Classical Latin picus, woodpecker: see pie
nounpl. pic·a·dors or pic·a·do·res
A horseman in a bullfight who lances the bull's neck muscles so that it will tend to keep its head low for the later stages of the fight.
Origin of picadorSpanish, from picar, to prick; see picaro.
- (bullfighting) A lancer mounted on horseback who assists a matador.
- I saw the picador lance the bull.
Spanish picador (“stinger”)