mestizo

[me-stee-zoh, mi-]
noun, plural mestizos, mestizoes.
a person of racially mixed ancestry, especially, in Latin America, of mixed American Indian and European, usually Spanish or Portuguese, ancestry, or, in the Philippines, of mixed native and foreign ancestry.

Origin:
1580–90; < Spanish, noun use of adj. mestizo < Vulgar Latin *mixtīcius mixed

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mestizo (mɛˈstiːzəʊ, mɪ-)
 
n , pl -zos, -zoes
a person of mixed parentage, esp the offspring of a Spanish American and an American Indian
 
[C16: from Spanish, ultimately from Latin miscēre to mix]
 
mestiza
 
fem n

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mestizo
c.1588, from Sp. mestizo "of mixed European and Amerindian parentage," from L.L. mixticius "mixed, mongrel," from L. mixtus "mixed," pp. of miscere "to mix, mingle" (see mix). Fem. form mestiza is attested from c.1582.
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