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Cagots

A sort of gipsy race in Gascony and Bearne, supposed to be descendants of the Visigoths, and shunned as something loathsome. ( See Caqueux, Colliberts.)

“Cagoti non fuerunt monachi, anachoritæ, aut leprosi; ... sed genus quoddam hominum cæteris odiosum. Vasconibus Cagots, nonnullis Capoti, Burdegalentibus Gaheti, Vascis et Navarris Agoti, dicuntur.” —Ducange: Glossarium Manuale, vol. ii. pp. 23, 24.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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