n. pl. mes·ti·zosalso mes·ti·zoes
A person of mixed racial ancestry, especially a Latin American person of mixed European and Native American ancestry.
[Spanish, mixed, mestizo, from Old Spanish, mixed, from Late Latin mixtīcius, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscēre, to mix; see meik- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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