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mulatto

[ muh-lat-oh, -lah-toh, myoo- ]
/ məˈlæt oʊ, -ˈlɑ toʊ, myu- /
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noun, plural mu·lat·toes, mu·lat·tos.
Anthropology. (not in technical use) the offspring of one white parent and one Black parent.
Older Use: Offensive. a person who has both Black and white ancestors.
adjective
of a light-brown color.

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Origin of mulatto

First recorded in 1585–95; from Spanish mulato “young mule,” equivalent to mul(o) mule1 + -ato of unclear origin
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British Dictionary definitions for mulatto

mulatto
/ (mjuːˈlætəʊ) /

noun plural -tos or -toes
a person having one Black and one White parent
adjective
of a light brown colour

Word Origin for mulatto

C16: from Spanish mulato young mule, variant of mulo mule 1
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