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Subject: Re: Morenike
Author: Lumia   (Authenticated as Lumia)
Date: March 14, 2008 at 12:44:25 AM
Reply to: Re: Morenike by Anneza
Morenica is a Ladino word used as first name (it is very usual among 12th c.-15th c. Sephardic Jews). It comes from morena, "dark (haired or skinned)", with the diminutive suffix -ica. And it is the same in the actual Spanish (the use of the suffix -ico/-ica is very usual in Murcia, e.g., whereas in other dialects other suffixes are used: -uco/-uca, -illo/illa...).

The formal coincidence with the Yoruba Morenike is just that, a formal coincidence.

Lumia
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