Almoravid

[ al-muh-rah-vid, al-mawr-uh-, -mohr- ]
/ ˌæl məˈrɑ vɪd, ælˈmɔr ə-, -ˈmoʊr- /
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noun

a member of a Muslim dynasty ruling in Spain and northern Africa from 1056 to 1147.
Also Al·mo·ra·vide [al-mawr-uh-vahyd, -mohr-, al-muh-rah-vahyd] /ælˈmɔr əˌvaɪd, -ˈmoʊr-, ˌæl məˈrɑ vaɪd/.

Origin of Almoravid

< Spanish < Arabic al-murābit literally, the occupant of a fortified convent
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Almoravides


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."

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