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    CHOMAT is offline Senior Member
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    to be marooned

    I'm looking for the etymology of the passive form to be marooned. is there a link with the adjective maroon ?
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    Re: to be marooned

    Maroon [1] a dark brownish-red colour. 2 chiefly Brit. a firework that makes a loud bang, used as a signal or warning. — ORIGIN from French marron ‘chestnut’; sense 2 is so named because the firework makes the noise of a chestnut bursting in the fire.



    Maroon [2] (be marooned) be abandoned alone in an inaccessible place.
    — ORIGIN from Maroon, a member of a group of black people descended from runaway slaves and living in parts of Suriname and the West Indies, from Spanish cimarrón ‘runaway slave’.

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    Re: to be marooned

    Thank you Anglika, I can see clearly into this "dark" expression to be marooned and don't feel abandoned anymore .

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