1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Octoroon

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OCTOROON, or Octaroon (from Lat. octo, eight, formed on the example of quadroon), the offspring of a quadroon and a white; a person having one-eighth negro blood. In rare instances such persons are called tercerons, as being third in descent from a negro ancestor. Occasionally persons are called octoroons [ 994 ] when the non-white element is not negro but some other coloured blood.