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The Sleeping Gypsy (1897) by Henri Rousseau
The Sleeping Gypsy (1897) by Henri Rousseau

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

A Gypsy can refer to a Rom, member of the Romani people. This term is considered pejorative, especially among the Roma themselves. It can also refer to a stateless people, whose communities, traditionally thought to have been originally from India, entered Europe in 14th or 15th century, and are now widely distributed over Europe, Russia, Turkey, the Americas. In general, the term can refer to any itinerant person; any person suspected of making a living from dishonest practices or theft; a member of a nomadic people, not necessarily Romani; a carny.


Earlier gipcyan, gyptian, short for Egyptian; when they first appeared in England in the sixteenth century they were believed to have come from Egypt.

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