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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The Mafia operating in the United States.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia

Etymologies

Italian, our concern : cosa, thing, affair + nostra, feminine of nostro, our.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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