Both men and women can be witches, brujos and brujas respectively. The word may be inherited from a Celtiberian substrate or it may derive from the Latin plusscius, -a, um (> plus + scius), a hapax attested in the Cena Trimalchionis, a central part in Petronius' Satyricon. Pluscia could have arisen from rhotacization of the /l/ and voicing of the /p/, pluscia> pruscia> bruscia> bruxa (Portuguese)> bruja (Spanish). There is no sound etymology for this word, which appears only in Portuguese, Galician and Spanish (other romance languages use words derived from Latin strix, -igis, originally an owl or bird of evil omen). Brujeria also refers to a mystical sect of male witches in the southermost part of Argentina. High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Brujos is the plural term that can mean either a group of male witches or both male and female witches. Brujeria is the Spanish word for witchcraft.
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