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Syllabification: Sam·bo
Pronunciation: /ˈsambō

Definition of Sambo in English:

noun (plural Sambos or Samboes)

1 offensive A black person.
[ early 18th century: perhaps from Fula sambo 'uncle']
2 (sambo) historical A person of mixed race, especially of black and Indian or black and European blood.
[ mid 18th century: from American Spanish zambo, denoting a kind of yellow monkey]

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