One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cultural Anthropology. A member of a race or group of races displaying a combination of both European and African physical characteristics.
2A person of mixed African and European descent.
1Of, relating to, or designating both Europe and Africa; combining European and African elements or characteristics. originally Cultural Anthropology.
2Of or designating a person or people of mixed European and African descent; specifically (in South Africa under apartheid) = "coloured" (rare).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Putnam's Monthly Magazine. From Euro- + African.
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