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Mar·ra·no

 (mə-rä′nō)
n. pl. Mar·ra·nos Offensive
Used as a disparaging term for a Converso.

[Spanish, pig, Marrano (from the Jewish prohibition against eating pork), probably from Arabic maḥram, something forbidden, from ḥarama, to forbid; see x̣rm in Semitic roots.]

Marrano

(məˈrɑːnəʊ)
n, pl -nos
(Judaism) a Spanish or Portuguese Jew of the late Middle Ages who was converted to Christianity, esp one forcibly converted but secretly adhering to Judaism
[from Spanish, literally: pig, with reference to the Jewish prohibition against eating pig meat]

Mar•ra•no

(məˈrɑ noʊ)

n., pl. -nos.
a Spanish or Portuguese Jew forced to convert to Christianity during the late Middle Ages.
[< Sp: literally, pig, from the Jewish law forbidding the eating of pork]
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Noun1.Marrano - (medieval Spain and Portugal) a disparaging term for a Jew who converted to Christianity in order to avoid persecution but continued to practice their religion secretly
Converso - (medieval Spain and Portugal) a Jew or Moor who professed to convert to Christianity in order to avoid persecution or expulsion
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