One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An instrument consisting of a crescent-shaped blade attached to a long wooden pole, formerly used in bullfighting to hamstring a bull which could not be overcome by other means.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Quarterly Review. From Spanish medialuna, media luna, lit. ‘half-moon’ from media, feminine of medio half + luna moon (from classical Latin lūna).
media luna/ˈmɛdɪə ˈluːnə/
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