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maroon

1 [muh-roon]
adjective
1.
dark brownish-red.
2.
Chiefly British.
a.
a loudly exploding firework consisting of a cardboard container filled with gunpowder.
b.
a similar firework used as a danger or warning signal, as by railway brakemen.

Origin:
1585–95; < French marron literally, chestnut, Middle French < Upper Italian (Tuscan marrone), perhaps ultimately derivative of pre-Latin *marr- stone

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maroon1 (məˈruːn)
 
vb
1.  to leave ashore and abandon, esp on an island
2.  to isolate without resources
 
n
3.  a descendant of a group of runaway slaves living in the remoter areas of the Caribbean or Guyana
4.  informal (US), (Canadian) a person who has been marooned, esp on an island
 
[C17 (applied to fugitive slaves): from American Spanish cimarrón wild, literally: dwelling on peaks, from Spanish cima summit]

maroon2 (məˈruːn)
 
n
1.  a.  a dark red to purplish-red colour
 b.  (as adjective): a maroon carpet
2.  an exploding firework, esp one used as a warning signal
 
[C18: from French, literally: chestnut, marron1]

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Word Origin & History

maroon
1594, "large sweet chestnut of southern Europe," from Fr. marron "chestnut," from dialect of Lyons, ult. from a word in a pre-Roman language, perhaps Ligurian; or from Gk. maraon "sweet chestnut." Sense of "very dark reddish-brown color" is first recorded 1791, from Fr. couleur marron.

maroon
"put ashore on a desolate island or coast," 1724 (implied in marooning), from maron (n.) "fugitive black slave in the jungles of W.Indies and Dutch Guyana" (1620s), from Fr. marron, said to be a corruption of Sp. cimmaron "wild, untamed," from O.Sp. cimarra "thicket," probably from cima "summit, top"
(from L. cyma "sprout"), with a notion of living wild in the mountains. Related: Marooned.
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