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nounPlural Sambos, Plural sambos
1offensive A black person.
2historical A person of mixed race, especially of black and Indian or black and European blood.
Early 18th century: Sambo (sense 1) perhaps from Fula sambo ‘uncle’; Sambo (sense 2) from American Spanish zambo, denoting a kind of yellow monkey.
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