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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Negro \Ne"gro\ (n[=e]"gr[-o]), n.; pl. Negroes (n[=e]"gr[=o]z). [Sp. or Pg. negro, fr. negro black, L. niger; perh. akin to E. night.] A black man; especially, one of a race of black or very dark persons who inhabit the greater part of tropical Africa, and are distinguished by crisped or curly hair, flat noses, and thick protruding lips; also, any black person of unmixed African blood, wherever found. [1913 Webster] 2. A person of dark skin color descended at least in part from African negroes; in the United States, an African-American. [U.S. usage, sometimes considered offensive.] [PJC]