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[muh-rah-noh] /məˈrɑ noʊ/

noun, plural Marranos.
a Spanish or Portuguese Jew who was converted to Christianity during the late Middle Ages, usually under threat of death or persecution, especially one who continued to adhere to Judaism in secret.
noun (pl) -nos
a Spanish or Portuguese Jew of the late Middle Ages who was converted to Christianity, esp one forcibly converted but secretly adhering to Judaism

“Jew or Moor converted to Christianity,” 1580s, from Spanish, probably literally “pig, swine,” an expression of contempt, from Arabic muharram “forbidden thing” (eating of pork is forbidden by Muslim and Jewish religious law), from haruma “was forbidden” (see harem).


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