David Bergdahl bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Fri Oct 13 14:06:55 UTC 2000

Doews this explain Bugs Bunny's epithet "what a maroon!"??

-- Doug Wilson wrote:

Also from the RHUD:

ma•roon  (2) ,,, n. ... 4. (often cap) any of a group of blacks,
from fugitive slaves of the 17th and 18th centuries, living in the West
Indies and Guiana, esp. in mountainous areas. ... [1660?70; < F
appar. < AmerSp cimarrón wild (see CIMARRON) ; first used in reference
domestic animals that escaped into the woods, later to fugitive slaves]

David Bergdahl
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