- a zone of shrubby plants, chiefly evergreens, growing in areas having a Mediterranean climate
- pl. -·quis′ a member of the French underground fighting against the Nazis in WWII
Origin of maquisFrench ; from Italian macchia, a thicket, origin, originally a spot ; from Classical Latin macula, a spot, stain
- An area covered by a dense growth of chiefly evergreen shrubs and small trees, characteristic of Mediterranean coastal regions.
- Maquisa. A member of the French underground organization that fought against the German occupation forces during World War II; a member of the Resistance. Also called Maquisard.b. This French underground organization.
Origin of maquisFrench, from Italian macchie, pl. of macchia, thicket, spot; see maquette.