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1. a person having one Black and one White parent
2. of a light brown colour



the offspring of a mixed marriage between a Negro and a member of the Caucasoid race. Mulattoes constitute a significant part of the population of many Latin American and some African countries, notably the Republic of South Africa.

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The mulatta mistress is confined to the isolated dwelling against her will, and the consequence of such may be her death.
(5) For this reason duCille contends that Clotel's suicide, rather than making her representative of the tragic mulatta, should be read as a "defiantly heroic act" (455).
While Sherrard-Johnson acknowledges that these artists and writers may not have been aware of one another's work and may have often presented differing interpretations of the mulatta as an icon (as in the case of Larsen and Motley), she points out that when their work is placed in a "cross-genre dialogue," it is possible to see the problem of balance that they faced (24).
These women, one black, one white and one mulatta, are composites of others that the artist represented.
Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta), video tasks, and implications for stimulus-response spatial contiguity.
(34) In her study, The Tragic Mulatta' Revisited, Eve Ralmon calls to mind the words of Etienne Balibar who claims laws such as these serve to ensure that the concept of 'peoplehood is not merely a construct but one which, in each particular instance, has constantly changing boundaries'; Raimon goes on to assert that 'A liminal figure like the mulatta, therefore, is well situated to reveal writers'--and therefore the culture's--'conflicted visions of national and racial exclusion and belonging'.
When he left, the Chinese mulatta said the black guy's a big windbag.
stifling social roles defined for women, particularly black or mulatta
She was the first of thirteen children of a part German father and a mulatta mother.
The gap between white audience interpretation of the "tragic mulatta" figure of Peola in the film and that of black audiences is richly revealing: whites see Peola as wanting to be white, blacks see her claim that "I want the same things other people enjoy" as subversive, as a demand for the equal opportunity that had suffered new setbacks in the Depression (221-23).