Definition of maquis in English:

maquis

Syllabification: ma·quis
Pronunciation: /mäˈkē
 
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noun (plural same)

  • 1 (the Maquis) The French resistance movement during the German occupation (1940–45).
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    • It was common knowledge that the Maquis had waged an attack on German guards that very morning and had freed as many as three hundred American prisoners of war.
    • I also pointed out that the Maquis were not a force resisting colonialism in the sense of the term we understand either in the Raj or in Iraq.
    • It was at that time that the Maquis became a potent force of the resistance movement.
  • 1.1A member of the Maquis.
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    • We meet Gaspar, the bull-necked boss of the local Maquis, obviously still enraged by the compliance of his neighbours.
    • At the drop area the Maquis failed to flash their reception lights and caused the mission to be aborted.
    • There were 22,000 German troops in the area and initially 3-4,000 Maquis.
  • 2Dense scrub vegetation consisting of hardy evergreen shrubs and small trees, characteristic of coastal regions in the Mediterranean.
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    • In the same area, H. spontaneum also occupies an array of secondary habitats, such as open Mediterranean maquis, abandoned fields, and roadsides.
    • Its roots grow deep in the rocky earth of maquis and chaparral.
    • It's an island where isolated villages cling precariously to crags, wild boar snuffle for food and bees grow drunk on the nectar from the maquis - the fragrant scrub that cloaks the island's ancient bones.

Origin

early 19th century (sense 2): from French, 'brushwood', from Corsican Italian macchia.

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