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maquis

or Ma·quis

[ mah-kee, ma-; French ma-kee ]
/ mɑˈki, mæ-; French maˈki /
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noun, plural ma·quis [mah-keez, ma-; French ma-kee]. /mɑˈkiz, mæ-; French maˈki/.
the French underground movement, or Resistance, that combatted the Nazis in World War II.
Also called maquisard. a member of this movement.
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Origin of maquis

1940–45; <French, special use of maquis, makis wild, bushy land <Italian (Corsican dial.) macchie (with French -is for -ie), plural of macchia a thicket <Latin macula spot
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British Dictionary definitions for maquis

maquis
/ (mɑːˈkiː) /

noun plural -quis (-ˈkiː)
shrubby mostly evergreen vegetation found in coastal regions of the Mediterranean: includes myrtles, heaths, arbutus, cork oak, and ilex
(often capital)
  1. the French underground movement that fought against the German occupying forces in World War II
  2. a member of this movement

Word Origin for maquis

C20: from French, from Italian macchia thicket, from Latin macula spot
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