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[ok-tuh-roon] /ˌɒk təˈrun/

a person having one-eighth black ancestry; the offspring of a and a white.
a person having one quadroon and one White parent and therefore having one-eighth Black blood Compare quadroon

1861, irregular formation from Latin octo “eight” (see eight) + suffix abstracted from quadroon (in which the suffix actually is -oon). Offspring of a quadroon and a white; so called for having one-eighth Negro blood.


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