Maquis meaning

mă-kē'
An area covered by a dense growth of chiefly evergreen shrubs and small trees, characteristic of Mediterranean coastal regions.
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A zone of shrubby plants, chiefly evergreens, growing in areas having a Mediterranean climate.
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Dense Mediterranean coastal scrub. [from 19th c.]
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The French resistance movement during World War II, or other similar movements elsewhere. [from 1940s]
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Origin of maquis

  • French from Italian macchie pl. of macchia thicket, spot maquette
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French maquis, from Corsican macchia.
    From Wiktionary