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barracoon

[bar-uh-koon] /ˌbær əˈkun/
noun
1.
(formerly) a place of temporary confinement for slaves or convicts.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; < Spanish barracón, equivalent to barrac(a) hut (see barrack1) + -on augmentative suffix
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barracoon

/ˌbærəˈkuːn/
noun
1.
(formerly) a temporary place of confinement for slaves or convicts, esp those awaiting transportation
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish barracón, from barraca hut, from Catalan
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