barbaresque

adjective
bar·ba·resque | \ ¦bärbə¦resk \

Definition of barbaresque 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 usually capitalized : of, relating to, or characteristic of the Barbary Coast

2 : barbaric in style barbaresque architecture

Barbaresque

noun
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plural -s

Definition of Barbaresque (Entry 2 of 2)

: one of the natives of the Barbary Coast formerly noted for their piratical activity seventy thousand peasants huddled together because it had not been safe to remain out for fear of the Barbaresques —Bernhard Berenson

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History and Etymology for barbaresque

Adjective

French, from Italian barbaresco, from Barbaria, Barberia Barbary, coastal region of northern Africa + Italian -esco -esque

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