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criollo

[ kree-oh-loh; Spanish kree-aw-yaw ]
/ kriˈoʊ loʊ; Spanish kriˈɔ yɔ /
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noun, plural cri·ol·los [kree-oh-lohz; Spanish kree-aw-yaws]. /kriˈoʊ loʊz; Spanish kriˈɔ yɔs/.
a person born in Spanish America but of European, usually Spanish, ancestry.Compare Creole (def. 1).
a domestic animal of any of several strains or breeds developed in Latin America.
adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of a criollo or criollos.
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Origin of criollo

From Spanish, dating back to 1905–10; see origin at Creole
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British Dictionary definitions for criollo

criollo
/ (kriːˈəʊləʊ, Spanish ˈkrjoʎo) /

noun plural -los (-ləʊz, Spanish -ʎos)
a native or inhabitant of Latin America of European descent, esp of Spanish descent
  1. any of various South American breeds of domestic animal
  2. (as modifier)a criollo pony
a high-quality variety of cocoa
adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of a criollo or criollos

Word Origin for criollo

Spanish: native; see creole
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