Mameluco‖Mam`e*lu"co (?), n. [Pg.] A child born of a white father and Indian mother. [S. Amer.]
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Mameluco the word is believed to be of Arabic origin. The word in Arabic is Mamluk (masculine) or Mamluka (feminine) مملوك (masculine) or مملوكة (feminine). The word Mameluco is a term of Portuguese origin describing the first generation offspring of a European and an Amerindian. The corresponding Spanish word is mestizo.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, Mameluco was used to refer to organized bands of slave-hunters, also known as bandeirantes, who roamed the interior of South America from the Atlantic to the foothills of the Andes, and from Paraguay to the Orinoco river, invading Guarani-occupied areas in search of slaves.
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