Mozarab

[moh-zar-uh b]

Origin of Mozarab

1780–90; < Spanish mozárabe < Arabic mustaʿrib one assimilated to the Arabs
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British Dictionary definitions for mozarab

Mozarab

noun
  1. (formerly) a Christian of Moorish Spain
Derived FormsMozarabic, adjective

Word Origin for Mozarab

C18: via Spanish from Arabic musta`rib a would-be Arab
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Word Origin and History for mozarab

Mozarab

n.

"assimilated Christian in Moorish Spain," one who was allowed to continue practicing his religion in exchange for political allegiance, from Spanish Mozarabe "would-be Arab," from Arabic mostarib, from a desiderative verbal form of Arab.

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