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  • n  an offspring of a quadroon and a white parent; a person who is one-eighth black

  • The other figure was a buxom octoroon woman in her 30's, wearing a high white turbanish mobcap, a bright embroidered shawl and a black silk dress.
  • His great-grandfather, a Swiss engineer, married the daughter of Emperor Tewodros II; thus Ustinov is, literally, an octoroon.
  • People in mourning and octoroon courtesans took their opera behind latticed screens.
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  • Soho Rep Announces New Season
    The downtown theater's new season includes the New York premiere of David Adjmi’s "Marie Antoinette" and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s "Octoroon."
    Aug. 27, 2013 - New York Times

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