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octoroon

[ ok-tuh-roon ]
/ ˌɒk təˈrun /
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noun Older Use: Offensive.
a person having one-eighth Black ancestry, with one Black great-grandparent; the offspring of a quadroon and a white person.

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Origin of octoroon

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; octo- + (quad)roon
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British Dictionary definitions for octoroon

octoroon

octaroon

/ (ˌɒktəˈruːn) /

noun
a person having one quadroon and one White parent and therefore having one-eighth Black bloodCompare quadroon

Word Origin for octoroon

C19: octo- + -roon as in quadroon
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