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proper noun the Mediterranean
  1. The Mediterranean Sea.
  2. The region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
  1. Of or pertaining to the Mediterranean Sea and the region around it.
melanic Tweet Definition of melanic Like Definition of melanic on Facebook
  1. Of, relating to, or exhibiting melanism.
Melungeon Tweet Definition of Melungeon Like Definition of Melungeon on Facebook
  1. A Melungeon person.
  1. Of or pertaining to any of several similar mixed-race groups currently and historically found in the Southeastern United States, all of uncertain or disputed origin.
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  1. A mixed race person, especially if mostly white in ancestry, appearance and culture.
  2. A member of an old mixed race group, particularly those groups which identify more with their white ancestry than with their black or Native American ancestry, like the Melungeon, Melungeons and the Brass Ankles.
  3. A person who is mostly white and not more than one sixteenth black.
  4. In the West Indies, a person who is one eighth black (an octoroon).
  1. Of mixed race people, especially if mostly white in ancestry, appearance and culture.
  2. Of an old mixed race group, particularly those groups which identify more with their white ancestry than with their black or Native American ancestry.
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proper noun 
  1. (Greek mythology) The personification of "Wisdom". Daughter of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. She was a Titan, but not one of the first twelve Titans. First spouse of Zeus, and the mother of Athena, goddess of wisdom. She symbolises the divine wisdom.
  2. a satellite of Jupiter
  3. a band of part Native American, part Caucasian peoples who inhabited Southern Manitoba in Canada.
Mongolian Tweet Definition of Mongolian Like Definition of Mongolian on Facebook
  1. A native or inhabitant of Mongolia = Mongol.
    • 1757 - John Dyer: The fleece, a poem (1807)
    • : The Cossac there, The Calmuc, and Mungalian, round the bales In crowds resort.
    • 1763 - John Bell: A journey from St. Petersburg to Pekin
    • : This day we saw some scattered tents of Mongalians, with their flocks.
    • 1854 - Robert G. Latham in Orr's Circle of the sciences: Organic nature
    • : The Mongolians are the most nomadic of populations.
    • 1990 - New Scientist, September 1
    • : Mongolians now regard animal husbandry as a low-status occupation.
      1. A group of Altaic languages from Mongolia, specifically Khalkha, the official language of Mongolia.
    • 1926 - Neville J. Whymant: A Mongolian Grammar
    • : The Khalka... possesses seven vowels and twenty consonants.
    • 1987 - David Crystal: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language
    • : The Altaic family...comprises about 40 languages, classified into three groups: Turkic, , and Manchu-Tungus.
    • 1990 - Orientations, April
    • : These inscriptions are in and thus widen the appliqué's international connections.
      1. A person of Mongoloid physical type; a Mongoloid.
    • 1823 - North American Revolution, July
    • : A particular individual which the latter considered a and the former assures us is an Ethiopian.
    • 1938 - Franz Boas, et al.: General Anthropology
    • : Extreme forms like the Australians, Negroes, Mongolians, and Europeans may be described as races because each has certain characteristics which set them off from other groups, and which are strictly hereditary.
    • 1988 - Current Anthropology, volume 29
    • : The thesis of this work was that native Americans were one race distinct from Eskimos and Mongolians.
  1. Of or relating to Mongolia or its peoples, languages, or cultures = Mongol.
    • 1706 - Evert Y. Ides: Three years travels from Moscow over-land to China...
    • : He had a Sister, which according to the Mongalian custom lived in the devoted spiritual state.
    • 1878 - Encyclopedia Britannica, ninth edition, volume XVI
    • : The characters...are written perpendicularly from above downward.
    • 1985 - Robert Whelan: Robert Capa: A Biography
    • : He usually had a heavy growth of dark stubble that made him look...rather like a bandit.
      1. Anthropology. Resembling or having some of the characteristic physical features of the Mongoloid racial type = Mongoloid.
    • 1828 - John Stark: Elements of natural history
    • : The variety inhabits eastern Asia, Finland, and Lapland in Europe, and includes the Esquimaux of North America.
    • 1834 - Penny cyclopí¦dia of the Society for the diffusion of useful knowledge, volume II
    • : The white (or Caucasian), the yellow (or ), and the black (or Ethiopian)
    • 1990 - Louis de Bernières: ''The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts
    • : It was not so much their features that impressed everyone...
      1. (context, now, _, rare, offensive) Designating or affected with Down syndrome = Mongol.
      Spelling: Also mongolian.
    • 1866 - John Langdon Haydon Down in Clinical lectures and reports by the medical and surgical staff of the London Hospital, volume II
    • : The type of idiocy occurs in more than ten per cent. of the cases which are presented to me.
    • 1965 - H. Eldon Sutton: An introduction to human genetics
    • : The condition known as trisomy 21 syndrome or mongolian idiocy (sometimes referred to as Down's syndrome) had long been an enigma.
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  1. (anthropology) A member of the racial classification of humanity composed of peoples native to North Asia, East Asia, Pacific Oceania, the Americas and Greenland, as well as their diaspora in other parts of the world.
mulatto Tweet Definition of mulatto Like Definition of mulatto on Facebook
  1. often pejorative: A person of mixed African and Caucasian descent.
  2. Census: Anyone born to two 1/2 African and 1/2 Caucasian parents.
  3. Census: Anyone 3/4 African and 1/4 Caucasian or 1/4 African and 3/4 Caucasian.

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