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[al-muh-rah-vid, al-mawr-uh-, -mohr-] /ˌæl məˈrɑ vɪd, ælˈmɔr ə-, -ˈmoʊr-/
a member of a Muslim dynasty ruling in Spain and northern Africa from 1056 to 1147.
Also, Almoravide
[al-mawr-uh-vahyd, -mohr-, al-muh-rah-vahyd] /ælˈmɔr əˌvaɪd, -ˈmoʊr-, ˌæl məˈrɑ vaɪd/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Almoravid
< Spanish < Arabic al-murābit literally, the occupant of a fortified convent Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Muslim Berber horde from the Sahara which founded a dynasty in Morocco (11c.) and conquered much of Spain and Portugal. The name is Spanish, from Arabic al-Murabitun, literally "the monks living in a fortified convent," from ribat "fortified convent."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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