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  • n. A (male) member of a racial group having dark skin colouring, typically of sub-Saharan African descent.
  • n. An evil spirit, a demon.

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  • n. a man who is Black


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  • Yes, it's an old name for an evil spirit or devil (possibly attested from 1591 according to the O.E.D.). One of the less fortunate parts of folklore.

    January 12, 2009