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pic·a·dor

 (pĭk′ə-dôr′, pē′kä-dôr′)
n. pl. pic·a·dors or pic·a·do·res (pē′kä-dō′rĕs)
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.

[Spanish, from picar, to prick; see picaro.]

picador

(ˈpɪkəˌdɔː)
n
(Bullfighting) bullfighting a horseman who pricks the bull with a lance in the early stages of a fight to goad and weaken it
[C18: from Spanish, literally: pricker, from picar to prick; see pique1]

pi•ca•dor

(ˈpɪk əˌdɔr, ˌpɪk əˈdɔr)

n., pl. -dors, -do•res (-ˈdɔr iz)
one of the mounted assistants to a matador, who opens a bullfight by jabbing the bull's shoulder muscles with a lance.
[1790–1800; < Sp: literally, pricker =pic(ar) to prick (see pique1) + -ador < Latin -ātor -ator]

picador

a mounted bullfighter who jabs the bull between the shoulders with a lance to enrage it.
See also: Bulls and Bullfighting
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.picador - the horseman who pricks the bull with a lance early in the bullfight to goad the bull and to make it keep its head lowpicador - the horseman who pricks the bull with a lance early in the bullfight to goad the bull and to make it keep its head low
bullfighter, toreador - someone who fights bulls
equestrian, horseback rider, horseman - a man skilled in equitation
Translations

picador

[ˈpɪkədɔː] Npicador m
References in classic literature ?
The great gate is flung open, and the procession marches in, splendidly costumed and glittering: the marshals of the day, then the picadores on horseback, then the matadores on foot, each surrounded by his quadrille of CHULOS.
After the bull has been taunted and wounded with swords by the picadores and banderilleros, it is exhausted and bleeding profusely.
Los Picadores may have offered the night's most controversial work with its blood-soaked brutality but it was the piece which De Frutos chose as his opener which to me, signalled most firmly a choreographer intent on delivering what for many of us dance is about - our thoughts and ideas, our emotions and most of all the expression of what it is to be human.