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A short red cape suspended from a hollow staff, used by a matador to maneuver a bull during the final passes before a kill.
[Spanish, small mule, crutch, muleta, diminutive of mula, she-mule, from Latin mūla, feminine of mūlus, mule.]
(Bullfighting) the small cape attached to a stick used by the matador during the final stages of a bullfight
[Spanish: small mule, crutch, from mula mule1]
mu•le•ta(muˈleɪ tə, -ˈlɛt ə)
n., pl. -tas.
a matador's red cloth, smaller than the cape, used with a sword at the climax of a bullfight.
[1830–40; < Sp: prop, support, muleta, diminutive of mula (feminine) mule1]