maquis

noun
ma·​quis | \ ma-ˈkē How to pronounce maquis (audio) , mä- \
plural maquis\ ma-​ˈkē(z) How to pronounce maquis (audio) , mä-​ \

Definition of maquis

1 : thick scrubby evergreen underbrush of Mediterranean shores also : an area of such underbrush
2 often capitalized
a : a guerrilla fighter in the French underground during World War II
b : a band of maquis

First Known Use of maquis

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maquis

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

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“Maquis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maquis. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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