One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in bullfighting) a person on horseback who goads the bull with a lance.
- ‘They then escort the matadors to the enclosure, followed by the picadors - matadors on horseback.’
- ‘Totally confident of his untested capacity, Jose put on the picador's uniform and, for the first time, settled onto a horse.’
- ‘The bull is encouraged to charge one of the picadors, who can now attack it with the lance, piercing its neck and back muscles in order to make it lower its head, without which it would be impossibly dangerous to fight on foot.’
- ‘From that time, it began to follow a particular sequence of events: the entrance of the bull, the picador, the banderilleros, and finally the matador (bullfighter).’
- ‘The best example of this is seeing in the ancient war horses, trained and ridden for maximum maneuverability in combat, or in contemporary picador horses used in bull fighting.’
Spanish, from picar ‘to prick’.
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