noun ma·quis \ma-ˈkē, mä-\

Definition of maquis



play \-ˈkē(z)\
  1. 1 :  thick scrubby evergreen underbrush of Mediterranean shores; also :  an area of such underbrush

  2. 2 often capitalized a :  a guerrilla fighter in the French underground during World War IIb :  a band of maquis

Origin and Etymology of maquis

French, from Italian macchie, plural of macchia thicket, sketch, spot

First Known Use: 1829

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