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Glossary of Terms
AbnegazioneItalian word for self-denial or sacrifice.
AdjutantA non-commissioned officer, roughly equivalent to a staff sergeant or warrant officer in English-speaking armies.
Anis del ToroMore commonly called “anisette:” a liqueur made by distilling the seed of the anis plant; it tastes like licorice.
Arc-lightA lamp in which the light source is an electric arc either between carbon rods or between electrodes in a xenon gas container.
BanderilleroA flagman who is responsible for placing pointed sticks with flags on the ends in the bull’s shoulders.
BevoNon-alcoholic malt beverage produced by Anheuser-Busch from 1916 to 1929.
BwanaWord of Swahili origin meaning “big boss.”
CopitaA glass of wine.
ElandSpecies of antelope native to eastern and southern Africa often hunted for its meat.
FratellanzaItalian word for brotherhood.
GimletCocktail made of gin or vodka and lime juice.
IvresseFrench word for drunkenness.
JodhpursRiding pants flared at the thigh and fitted tightly from knee to ankle.
KlimBrand of powdered milk developed before World War II by Borden.
Lombardy PoplarSpecies of poplar also known as “Black poplar,” native to Europe, southwest and central Asia, and northwest Africa.
MarcFrench word for brandy.
MatadorThe main performer in a bullfight who wields a cape and sword and eventually kills the bull.
MemsahibA combination of the English word “ma’am” and the Arabic word “sahib,” which came into common usage under the British Raj in India to refer to female members of the establishment class. It has definite colonialist connotations.
OrderlyA soldier assigned to a commissioned officer as a servant.
PesetaUnit of the former currency of Spain.
PicadorA lancer on horseback who tests the bull’s strength using a spear in order to reveal the animal’s particular strong and weak points to the matador.
ReboleraA technique used by the matador in which the cape is swirled around his waist like a skirt.
SchatzA German term of endearment meaning “my treasure.”
SpoorAny physical sign of a creature in the wild such as tracks, droppings, or other bodily fluids.
VeronicaA technique used by the matador in making a pass at the bull.
Water-buckSpecies of African antelope.
WicketA window or hatchway closed by a grating or small door, in this case, connecting the kitchen with the lunch-counter area.
WindyNervous, from the British term "to get the wind up."
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