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 (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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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a mounted bullfighter who jabs the bull between the shoulders with a lance to enrage it.
See also: Bulls and Bullfighting
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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
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[ˈpɪkədɔː] Npicador m
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"The bull makes a rush, with murder in his eye, but a picador meets him with a spear-thrust in the shoulder.
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.
The third bull came on, and soon against it were both capadors and picadors. One picador took his stand directly below us.
"The lance of the picador is to keep the bull from goring the horse."
The bull charged, and of course the horse knew nothing till the picador failed and the horse found himself impaled on the bull's horns from beneath.
The bull of the Asturias who has been but little moved by the attacks of the picador grows irritated with the dogs and banderilleras.
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