Earlier spelling Marocco, from Spanish Marruecos or Portuguese Marrocos, from Medieval Latin Marrochium, from former capital Marrakech (whence English Marrakech). (Compare Persian and Urdu, which refer to Morocco as مراکش (“marâkeš”), and Middle Eastern Arabic, which used مراكش (“marraakush”) until recently; Turkish refers to Morocco as Fas, from Fas (“Fez”), another capital.) Marrakech is in turn from Berber Murt n Akush (“Land of God”).
- A coastal country in North-western Africa. Official name: Kingdom of Morocco.