What does the word octoroon mean?

Usage examples for octoroon

  1. He wished for land, for wealth, and had taken a purse to marry an octoroon. – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  2. His characters then were Newman Hoggs, Caleb Plummer, and Salem Scudder- in Nicholas Nickleby, The Cricket on the Hearth, and The Octoroon. – Shadows of the Stage by William Winter