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MATADOR, a Spanish word meaning literally " killer," from malar, Lat. maclare, 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, etc., and more particularly of a special form of the game of dominoes.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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