See also animals.aficionado an avid and informed devotee of bullflghting; now used of devotees of any sport, activity, or art. bulldogging Western U.S. the seizing of a calf or steer by the horns and throwing it off its feet by twisting the head. —bulldogger, n. picador a mounted bullfighter who jabs the bull between the shoulders with a lance to enrage it. tauricide 1. the killing of a bull. 2. the killer of a bull. taurobolium a part of an ancient religious rite involving baptism in the blood of a sacrificed bull. Also tauroboly. taurokathapsia an ancient Cretan sport for both sexes involving grasping the horns of a bull and tumbling over him; bull-leaping. tauromachy 1. the art or technique of bullflghting. 2. a bullfight. —tauromachian, tauromachic, adj. taurophobia an abnormal fear of bulls. Taurus 1. the bull, second of the zodiaeal eonstellations. 2. the bull, second of the astrological signs.