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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The off-spring of an octoroon and a white person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the West Indies, the child of a white person by one who has one sixteenth part of negro blood.


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  • Quadroon, octoroon and, more rarely, quintroon ... and hexadecaroon. would come into play.


  • The percentage of black heritage had different legal significance in different states over time, so it sometimes mattered whether you were a mulatto, a quadroon, an octoroon, or even a quintroon. what's new online!


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