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In Spanish it literally means "swine" but it came to denote a "Jew or Moor who had converted to Christianity." What word is it?




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Answer: Marrano

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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