octoroon

octoroon

[ok-tuh-roon]
noun
a person having one-eighth black ancestry; the offspring of a quadroon and a white.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; octo- + (quad)roon

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octoroon or octaroon (ˌɒktəˈruːn)
 
n
Compare quadroon a person having one quadroon and one White parent and therefore having one-eighth Black blood
 
[C19: octo- + -roon as in quadroon]
 
octaroon or octaroon
 
n
 
[C19: octo- + -roon as in quadroon]

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octoroon
1861, irregular formation from L. octo "eight" (see eight) + suffix abstracted from quadroon (in which the suffix actually is -oon). Offspring of a quadroon and a white, so called in allusion to having one-eighth Negro blood.
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