Octoroon Oc`to*roon", n. [L. octo eight + -roon, as in quadroon.] The offspring of a quadroon and a white person; a mestee. [1913 Webster]

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  • octoroon — (n.) 1861, irregular formation from L. octo eight (see EIGHT (Cf. eight)) + suffix abstracted from QUADROON (Cf. quadroon) (in which the suffix actually is OON (Cf. oon)). Offspring of a quadroon and a white; so called for having one eighth Negro …   Etymology dictionary

  • octoroon — ☆ octoroon [äk΄tə ro͞on′ ] n. [ OCTO + (QUAD)ROON] a person who has one black great grandparent; child of a quadroon and a white …   English World dictionary

  • octoroon — See mulatto. See mulatto, quadroon, octoroon …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • octoroon — noun Etymology: octa + roon (as in quadroon) Date: 1861 a person of one eighth black ancestry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • octoroon — /ok teuh roohn /, n. a person having one eighth black ancestry; the offspring of a quadroon and a white. [1855 60, Amer.; OCTO + (QUAD)ROON] * * * …   Universalium

  • octoroon — noun someone having one eighth black ancestry …   Wiktionary

  • octoroon — Synonyms and related words: Cape Colored, Eurasian, cattalo, citrange, cross, crossbreed, griffe, half blood, half bred, half breed, half caste, high yellow, hinny, hybrid, ladino, liger, mestee, mestiza, mestizo, metis, metisse, mixblood, mixed… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • octoroon — É‘ktÉ™ ruːn / É’k n. octaroon, offensive term for a person of mixed race who has one eighth Black ancestry …   English contemporary dictionary

  • octoroon — [ˌɒktə ru:n] (also octaroon) noun dated a person who is one eighth black by descent. Origin C19: from octo , on the pattern of quadroon …   English new terms dictionary

  • octoroon — oc·to·roon …   English syllables

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