[ muh-rah-noh ]
/ məˈrɑ noʊ /
noun, plural Mar·ra·nos.
a Spanish or Portuguese Jew who was converted to Christianity during the late Middle Ages, usually under threat of death or persecution, especially one who continued to adhere to Judaism in secret.
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Origin of Marrano
<Spanish: literally, pig, from the Jewish law forbidding the eating of pork (probably <Arabic maḥram forbidden)
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British Dictionary definitions for Marrano
noun plural -nos
a Spanish or Portuguese Jew of the late Middle Ages who was converted to Christianity, esp one forcibly converted but secretly adhering to Judaism
Word Origin for Marrano
from Spanish, literally: pig, with reference to the Jewish prohibition against eating pig meat
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