carrasco

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Etymology 1[edit]

Uncertain. Perhaps from a pre-Roman (Iberia) root, or perhaps from Latin cerrus (Turkey oak) + -asco.

Noun[edit]

carrasco m (plural carrascos)

  1. holm oak (Quercus ilex, a tree of the Mediterranean)
  2. kermes oak (Quercus coccifera, a tree of the western Mediterranean)
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Etymology 2[edit]

After Portuguese executioner Belchior Nunes Carrasco.

Noun[edit]

carrasco m (plural carrascos)

  1. executioner (person who carries out a capital punishment)
    • 2010, Gabriel Lacerda, Agir bem é bom, Senac, page 83:
      Se vivesse em um país onde a pena de morte é legal, você aceitaria a profissão de carrasco?
      If you lived in a country where the death penalty is legal, would you accept to work as an executioner?
  2. (figuratively) a cruel person
    • 2005, Paulo Markun, O melhor do Roda Vida, Conex, page 73:
      Quem lê a biografia dela vai sentir a pressão que houve por ela ter avaliado o Eichmann, um carrasco dos judeus, como um burocrata que cumpriu aquela missão.
      Those who read her biography will feel the pressure that happened due to her having evaluated Eichmann, a cruel person for the Jews, as a bureaucrat who carried that mission out.
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