ca·​bo·​clo | \ kəˈbȯ(ˌ)klü, -ˈō- \
plural -s

Definition of caboclo

1a : an acculturated Brazilian Indian
b : a Brazilian of mixed American Indian and European ancestry — compare mameluco
2 : a rural South American of mixed American Indian and European ancestry

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First Known Use of caboclo

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for caboclo

Portuguese, from Tupi caboco, caboculo, caboclo

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“Caboclo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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