octoroon

noun oc·to·roon \ ˌäk-tə-ˈrün \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of octoroon

dated, now offensive
: a person of one-eighth black ancestry

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Origin and Etymology of octoroon

octa- + -roon (as in quadroon)

First Known Use: 1859

in the meaning defined above


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