Some say it's a corruption of "griego" (Greek, the classic Western European ethnicon for something that makes no sense), while others claim it referred to Irish immigrants in Madrid.
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grammypenni commented on the word ethnicon
"In introducing Haman, he gives us his patronymic and ethnicon in a manner very similar to the way in which he introduced Mordecai in the previous act."Sentence in Word Biblical Commentary on Ruth/Esther by Frederic Bush (pg #383).
August 19, 2009