Morisco

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Mo·ris·co

 (mə-rĭs′kō)
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.
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Morisco

(məˈrɪskəʊ) or

Moresco

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

(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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(53) It is no accident that Maria fantasizes herself as a bereaved Moorish woman while Albert, upon his secret return home, disguises himself as a Moor, and that she attempts to moderate the hatred of the Moresco widow, Alhadra, for her Christian persecutors, just as Albert refuses Alhadra's invitation to lead the Morescoes in a vengeful revolution.
It actually meant the converted Moors in Spain; in Tudor England, the "Morescoes," as Ania Loomba notes, were the blackfaced, often royal and aristocratic, actors in mummers' plays, miracle plays, morris dancing, and masques (28).