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  • Venetian variant of Giudecca, the island on which the ghetto lay. Thus also for ghettos in once Venetian-ruled lands, e.g. that of Chaniá in Crete.

    Anne Michaels in Fugitive Pieces uses the spelling zudeccha, but she has a weakness for spurious H, writing also 'stifhado' for 'stifado', and Waltzing Mathilda.

    etym.: L. judaica "Jewish"

    July 4, 2008