bas·​tar·​da | \ ba-ˈstär-də, bä-\
plural -s

Definition of bastarda

: a Gothic script used in France and Germany in the 14th and 15th centuries having mixed cursive and book hand features and characterized by flourishes and hairlines

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History and Etymology for bastarda

Italian, from Old Italian, from bastardo bastard, from Old French bastart, bastard

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