• WordNet 3.6
    • n bullfighting the activity at a bullfight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A famous bullfighter, Lagarijo, killed 4,867 bulls in the 19th century.
    • n Bullfighting a sport of great antiquity, in which men torment, and fight with, a bull or bulls in an arena, for public amusement, -- still popular in Spain, Portugal and Latin American. In the Spanish version a matador kills the bull with a sword after the bull has been weakened by wounds from small barbed rods, and after he has displayed courage and artistic skill in causing the bull to charge many times while he stands still or nearly still. In some versions the bull is not killed. Occasionally the matador is wounded or killed by the bull.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The red capes used to taunt bulls in bullfights is the same shade of red as the bull's blood. That way you can't tell it is covered with the bull's blood by the end of the fight. Fight spectators like bullfighting, but not blood.`
    • n bullfighting A sport among Spaniards, and peoples of Spanish origin, in which mounted men attack bulls. See bull-fight.
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  • Erica Jong
    “Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.”


In literature:

They felt as secure as spectators at a bullfight; they risked their money perhaps on the result, but that was all.
"The War in the Air" by Herbert George Wells
The other thing that kept us was the bullfight.
"The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle" by Hugh Lofting
Fellow's girl quits him for a bullfighter.
"Lin McLean" by Owen Wister
By this the whole matter had presented itself to them as an entertainment more diverting than bullfight or bear-baiting.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
Weekdays they do this; and sometimes on a Sunday afternoon they have a bullfight in their little bullring.
"Roughing it De Luxe" by Irvin S. Cobb
Ted at once realized his danger, and wheeled his horse like a bullfighter as Blue Eyes dashed past him, its horn scraping his leg.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
The horses are irritated and kick, and the yaks defend themselves; then there is a perfect bullfight in full swing.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Joe Grassie has been gettin' up a bullfight and a kind of a show.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
For real sport, Senor Merriwell, you should see a Mexican bullfight.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
The "theayter," to Quinton, was as pernicious as a bullfight would have been to a Puritan.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock

In news:

READERS of Ernest Hemingway know "Death in the Afternoon" as a book about bullfighting.
With concerts beginning at 7 pm and bullfights starting at 8.
QUITO, Ecuador — Organizers of the annual bullfighting festival in Ecuador's capital are calling it quits a year after it stopped killing bulls in accordance with the will of voters.
Scenes of chaos at a weekend bullfight in Colombia.
Anatomy of a Bullfight .
Resuscitation Air, Seasonal House Quirks, Bullfighter 's Prize, Prohibition Booze.
Every bullfight has a presiding judge who acts as ringmaster and police officer and generally oversees the conduct and fitness of the bull, the fighter, and the crowd.
Franco-Mexican bullfighter Michel Lagravere, 12, known as Michelito, is helped to get dressed before a bullfight practice session in Tlaxcala, Mexico, Saturday, June 5, 2010.
Professional bullfighter Cody Hollums, 27, remains hospitalized at ETMC in Tyler after he was seriously injured during a bullriding event in Lufkin on Saturday.
Hollums, a veteran bullfighter , suffered a fractured skull when he was struck by a bull during the event at Lufkin's George H Henderson Jr Exposition Center.
Live bullfights are once again being broadcast on Spanish television after a ban was lifted.
First the burqa, now the bullfight .
Barcelona's Monumental bullring was filled to capacity for the city's final day of bullfighting on Sunday.
Bullfighter Enrique Ponce of Spain performs during the third bullfight of the 2011 season at the Monumental bullring on July 17 in Barcelona.
Eric Paul Fournier's independent documentary credits include Reverend Cecil Williams: A Thirty Year Celebration and The Corrida and the Cross: Portugese Bullfighting in California.