American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person whose ancestry is one-eighth Black.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The offspring of a quadroon and a white person; a person having one eighth negro blood.
- n. someone having one-eighth black ancestry
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The offspring of a quadroon and a white person; a mestee.
- n. an offspring of a quadroon and a white parent; a person who is one-eighth black
- From octo- ("eight") + -roon, alteration of ending of cuarterón ("quadroon") (Wiktionary)
- octo- + (quad)roon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One house in particular was called the octoroon house.”
“The octoroon was a large man, of about the size of the third lieutenant, and he could have made a good deal of mischief if he had been so disposed.”
“President, and Declaration of Independence author as his slave, concubine, mother of his unacknowledged illegitimate "octoroon" children, etc.”
“I speculate that the word used in that other sense is a typical Oz contraction, of "octoroon" (cf. "ocky", also in AND, for "octopus"), ignorantly and locally applied to East Asiatics instead of "A person of one-eighth Aboriginal descent" (AND).”
“She tells of an "octoroon" who "passed" as white, only to be killed by her husband when found out.”
“Slide 12: 1896, Plessy v. Ferguson • Homer Plessy (an "octoroon" could not ride in white railway car) • Separate but equal • One drop rule of hypodescent • Ratification of spatial segregation legal enforcement of Jim Crow laws 12”
“Video: analysis from the cake wrecks blog. tags: tales of adventure and octoroon frosting”
“In 1890, at the height of the Jim Crow laws and kind of an obsession with defining what black people were, the federal government allowed you, on your census form, to be white, black, mulatto, quadroon or octoroon.”
“Also, I'm going to start positively identifying as octoroon.”
“I found myself staring at him-could he be the child of a Sioux and an octoroon?”
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