In Spanish it literally means
"swine" but it came to denote a "Jew or Moor who had converted to
Christianity." What word is it?
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
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The critically-acclaimed board game
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The word Marrano - which entered English in the 16th Century -
derives from the Arabic muharram, forbidden
thing. As Islam and Judaism forbid eating pork, coerced converts probably found
it easier to SAY they were Christian than to eat like one.
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