Morocco

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Morocco
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Etymology[edit]

Earlier spelling Marocco, from Portuguese Marrocos and/or Spanish Marruecos, from Arabic مُرَّاكُش(murrākuš), from Berber ⴰⵎⵓⵔ ⵏ ⴰⴽⵓⵛ (Murt n Akush, literally Land of God). The word originally referred to the capital city of Marrakech (founded late 11th c.), but came to be used as a pars pro toto for the westernmost region of the Islamic world both in Islamic and European languages. Compare older Arabic مُرَّاكُش(murrākuš) (now اَلْمَغْرِب(al-maḡrib)), Persian مراکش(marâkeš), Medieval Latin Marrochium. Turkish refers to the country as Fas from Fez, another former capital.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /məˈɹɒkəʊ/
  • (US) enPR: məräk'ō, /məˈrɑkoʊ/, /mɔrˈɑkoʊ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒkəʊ

Proper noun[edit]

Morocco

  1. A coastal country in North-western Africa. Official name: Kingdom of Morocco.

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