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Alternativa The ceremony at which a novillero becomes a matador

Ayudado

A light-weight substitute for the Estoque. Used w/muleta

Banderillas

Decorative, barbed sticks. Used in the second tercio

Banderillero       

Matador's assistant. Places the banderillas

Becerro              

Calf, less than three years old

Bull            

A male bovine that is at least four years old

Capote The large cape used for the opening passes

Corrida

Bullfight

Derechazo

Right-handed pass with the muleta

Descabello

Sword used in back of bull's neck when necessary

Eral

A two year old calf

Espada Sword, colloquially applied to matadors
Estoque The sword used for the kill

Faena

The passes done with the muleta

Fighting Bull

See Toro de Casta

Lance

A pass made with the large cape (capote)

Matador

A killer of toros de casta (Fighting Bulls)

Muleta

The red cloth used as a lure

Natural

A pass made with the muleta in the left hand

Novillero 

Bullfighter who fights novillos

Novillo

A male calf between three and four years old

Pase de Pecho

Chest pass w/ muleta. Bull follows back of hand.

Picador

Torero on horseback. Uses lance to weaken bull.

Quite

Drawing the bull away from the horse or a fallen man

Tercio

Third. The bullfight has three “acts,”called tercios or thirds. They are those of the: (1) picador, (2) banderillas, and (3) muleta and swordsmanship

Torero

Participant in a bullfight

Torito

Small bull

Toro de Casta

A bull bred especially for bullfighting

Vaca

Cow

Vaquilla

Female calf

Vara 

Lance (weapon, pointed pole) used by the Picador

Veronica 

Basic pass the large cape

Last updated September 18, 2004

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