- a person having one-eighth black ancestry, with one black great-grandparent; the offspring of a quadroon and a white person.
Origin of octoroon
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Examples from the Web for octoroon
But once you get into octoroon territory, it holds far less mystique.A Jewish American In Paris
January 15, 2013
Nalle is an octoroon; his wife has the same infusion of Caucasian blood.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
"He was bleeding to death; unless he has care he'll die," said the octoroon woman.Among the Pines
James R. Gilmore
Vividly told, with a beautiful Octoroon as the central figure.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
Until the stranger was close upon the octoroon, I had not seen him.
The engineer at once relinquished his hold on the octoroon, and stood up.
- a person having one quadroon and one White parent and therefore having one-eighth Black bloodCompare quadroon
C19: octo- + -roon as in quadroon
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Word Origin and History for octoroon
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