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  1. Moorish.
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noun, plural Mo·ris·cos, Mo·ris·coes.
  1. a Moor, especially one of the Moors of Spain.
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Origin of Morisco

1540–50; < Spanish, equivalent to Mor(o) Moor + -isco adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for morisco

Historical Examples of morisco

  • It was of a composite architecture, between the Morisco and the Spanish.

    The Pirate and The Three Cutters

    Frederick Marryat

  • And this again led to the forcible expulsion of every Morisco in Spain.

    A Short History of Spain

    Mary Platt Parmele

  • There, amid the ruins of Morisco's Castle, he died mad on August 29, 1620.

    Sir Walter Ralegh

    William Stebbing

  • While in Phœnix, Morisco wore a piece of courtplaster on one side of his face.

    Motor Matt's "Century" Run

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • From what I got from Morisco, I figure that the little one had a hard time of it.

    Motor Matt's "Century" Run

    Stanley R. Matthews

British Dictionary definitions for morisco


Moresco (məˈrɛskəʊ)

noun plural -cos or -coes
  1. a Spanish Moor
  2. a morris dance
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  1. another word for Moorish
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Word Origin for Morisco

C16: from Spanish, from Moro Moor
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Word Origin and History for morisco



1550s, from Spanish morisco, from Moro (see Moor).

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