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n. pl. Mo·ris·cos or Mo·ris·coes
A Spanish Moor who converted to Christianity after the Reconquista.

[Spanish, from Moro, Moor, from Latin Maurus; see Moor.]

Mo·ris′co adj.


(məˈrɪskəʊ) or


n, pl -cos or -coes
1. (Peoples) a Spanish Moor
2. (Dancing) a morris dance
(Architecture) another word for Moorish
[C16: from Spanish, from Moro Moor]


(məˈrɪs koʊ)

n., pl. -cos, -coes.
a member of the Muslim communities of Spain that continued to practice Islam secretly after its proscription.
[1540–50; < Sp, =mor(o) Moor + -isco adj. suffix]
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One day, as I was in the Alcana of Toledo, a boy came up to sell some pamphlets and old papers to a silk mercer, and, as I am fond of reading even the very scraps of paper in the streets, led by this natural bent of mine I took up one of the pamphlets the boy had for sale, and saw that it was in characters which I recognised as Arabic, and as I was unable to read them though I could recognise them, I looked about to see if there were any Spanish-speaking Morisco at hand to read them for me; nor was there any great difficulty in finding such an interpreter, for even had I sought one for an older and better language I should have found him.
I withdrew at once with the Morisco into the cloister of the cathedral, and begged him to turn all these pamphlets that related to Don Quixote into the Castilian tongue, without omitting or adding anything to them, offering him whatever payment he pleased.
11) Slaves included Slavs, Circassians, and Tartars captured from along the Black Sea who came through Italian markets into Spain; the conquest of the Canary Islands brought enslaved guanches; later in the sixteenth century, thousands of Spanish moriscos were enslaved; and Portuguese imperial ventures brought slaves from as far afield as Goa and Kozhikode.
917/1511), the author of a fatwa allowing the Moriscos to dissimulate under duress, embraced a notion of jihad on the part of Spanish Muslims (p.
By turning Muslims into Moriscos (converted Muslims) and Jews into Marranos (converted Jews), their memory, knowledge and spirituality were destroyed (cultural genocide).
Los moriscos de Espana y los indios de America, Mexico, El Colegio de Jalisco, 2012, 414 p.
Soeren Kern, a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute, wrote that some millions of Moriscos (descendants of formerly Spanish Muslims) live across North Africa and Middle East.
In one of these novels (Kaleesa Aur Aag) he has painfully, yet truthfully, depicted the infamous Inquisition that began by targeting Jews and ended with the conversion or expulsion of Moriscos or Muslims.
Asi, los moriscos y mudejares (3) que se resistian a emigrar al Magreb (la <<tierra del Islam>>) tras la Reconquista de la peninsula iberica eran despreciados por los juristas islamicos.
The Conversos and Moriscos in late medieval Spain and beyond; the Morisco issue.
In fact, he may have been recording the first ever appearance of Moriscos on English soil.
En el primer caso, por la renuncia de la Corona a cobrar las alcabalas y diezmos en los territorios de los senorios (19); en el segundo, por el lento y conflictivo proceso de recuperacion de las iglesias del reino de la parte de los diezmos de los moriscos que el Papado habia concedido a la Corona.