mo·​ris·​ca | \ məˈriskə \
variants: or morisco \ -​i(ˌ)skō \
plural -s

Definition of morisca

: a battle dance symbolizing the victory of the Christians over the Moors that developed during the Crusades, varied in different periods and countries, and is still popular at fiestas of the Iberian peninsula and Latin America

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History and Etymology for morisca

modification (probably influenced by Morisco entry 1) of Italian moresca, from feminine of moresco moorish

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“Morisca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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