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MATADOR

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 875 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MATADOR, a Spanish word meaning literally " killer," from similar, Lat. mactare, especially applied to the principal performer in a bull-fight, whose function it is to slay the bull (see BULL-FIGHTING). The word is also used of certain important cards in such games as quadrille, ombre, &c., and more particularly of a special form of the game of dominoes.
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