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mestizo


noun, plural mes·ti·zos, mes·ti·zoes.

  1. a person of mixed racial or ethnic ancestry, especially, in Latin America, of mixed American Indian and European descent or, in the Philippines, of mixed native and foreign descent.

noun plural -zos or -zoes

  1. a person of mixed parentage, esp the offspring of a Spanish American and an American Indian

adj.1580s, from Spanish mestizo “of mixed European and Amerindian parentage,” from Late Latin mixticius “mixed, mongrel,” from Latin mixtus “mixed,” past participle of miscere “to mix, mingle” (see mix (v.)). Fem. form mestiza is attested from 1580s.

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