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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a guerrilla fighter in the French underground in World War II [syn: Maquis, Maquisard]
2: the French underground that fought against the German occupation in World War II

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural maquis) Etymology: French, from Italian macchie, plural of macchia thicket, sketch, spot Date: 1858 1. thick scrubby evergreen underbrush of Mediterranean shores; also an area of such underbrush 2. often capitalized a. a guerrilla fighter in the French underground during World War II b. a band of maquis

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the French resistance movement during the German occupation (1940-45). 2 a member of this. Etymology: F, = brushwood, f. Corsican It. macchia thicket



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