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offspring of a white and a mulatto, 1760, from Spanish *terceron, from tercero "a third (person)," from tercio "third," from Latin tertius "a third," from root of tres "three" (see three). So called from being third in descent from a Negro.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • She was of Indian stock at the third remove, daughter of a white and a half-Indian, and so a terceroon as it is called.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann

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