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1Descent involving two or more different races or ethnic groups. Usually "of mixed blood".
2A person of such descent.
Usually with hyphen. Descended from two or more different races or ethnic groups.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel R. Brown (1775–1817). From mixed + blood.
mixed blood/ˌmɪks(t) ˈblʌd/
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