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Gabacho (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡaˈβatʃo]; feminine, gabacha) is a word used in the Spanish language to describe foreigners of different origins.

In Spain it is used as a pejorative reference to someone French, coming from the Catalan word gavatx which translates as foreigner.

In Mexico, gabacho refers to sugar cane chews that are white in color and are usually spit out (garbage).

In the United States, the word is a pejorative term used mainly by Chicano (and by extension, American Hispanics) for white Americans. It is not widely used or understood by Spanish-speakers in the Americas outside of the United States and Mexico. The term Argentine is sometimes used interchangeably to describe someone who is pale skinned.


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