Pronunciation: (mu-rOOn'),[key] —adj. 1. dark brownish-red.
2. Chiefly Brit. a. a loudly exploding firework consisting of a cardboard container filled with gunpowder.
b. a similar firework used as a danger or warning signal, as by railway brakemen.
Pronunciation: (mu-rOOn'),[key] —v.t. 1. to put ashore and abandon on a desolate island or coast by way of punishment or the like, as was done by buccaneers.
2. to place in an isolated and often dangerous position: The rising floodwaters marooned us on top of the house. 3. to abandon and leave without aid or resources: Having lost all his money, he was marooned in the strange city.
—n. 1. (often cap) any of a group of blacks, descended from fugitive slaves of the 17th and 18th centuries, living in the West Indies and Guiana, esp. in mountainous areas.
2. a person who is marooned: Robinson Crusoe lived for years as a maroon.