from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short red cape suspended from a hollow staff, used by a matador to maneuver a bull during the final passes before a kill.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A red flag used by bullfighters.
Spanish, small mule, crutch, muleta, diminutive of mula, she-mule, from Latin mūla, feminine of mūlus, mule.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Spanish muleta, diminutive of mulo. (Wiktionary)