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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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ptarmiciflorum were collected at the Viera y Clavijo Botanical Garden in Gran Canaria and Los Moriscos (Tejeda, Gran Canaria), respectively.
good silver coins instead of adulterated copper ones A few chapters later, the second narrator's determined haggling with Moriscos over the lost manuscript, which he finds in a heap of papers destined to feed silkworms, twice highlights the subjective theory of value, with the added irony that Spain's silk industry is about to be destroyed by the government's expulsion of these same people (1.
Little over a century after the expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula, Kings Philip III and Philip IV ordered the same fate for all moriscos, warred against Protestant states within the Holy Roman Empire, and continued to develop Spanish colonial territories in the Americas.
Spain's Justice Ministry recently extended citizenship to those who could prove familial relationships to Sephardi Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492, but withheld a similar grant to descendants of Moriscos, Spanish Muslims who converted to Christianity but were expelled to North Africa in 1609.
10) Of course, many of these slaves were not of sub-Saharan African origin; the enslavement of North African and Spanish Moors and moriscos captured in battle or in raids continued throughout this period, as did the sale of slaves along established Mediterranean and trans-Saharan trade routes.
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.
This involved the increasingly forceful conversion of Jews and Muslims [generally termed conversos or marranos (more specifically Jews) or moriscos (more specifically Moors)] to the Catholic faith and way of life and to their eventual removal from Spain.
By turning Muslims into Moriscos (converted Muslims) and Jews into Marranos (converted Jews), their memory, knowledge and spirituality were destroyed (cultural genocide).
6) Aguirre Beltran presenta un panorama amplio de moros o moriscos prisioneros, o negros esclavos de Portugal y Espana que vinieron a America, no directamente de sus lugares de origen, sino de estadias prolongadas en barracones inmundos, 156-182.
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.
Through his mystical poetry, San Juan appears to be imploring Philip II on behalf of the Moriscos, a population with whom he felt it was his religious duty to identify himself, trying to get the King to adopt a more peaceful, amorous approach to southern Spain.