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At one time, Latin American census categories have used such classifications, but in Brazilian censuses since the Imperial times, for example, most persons of multiracial heritage, except the Asian Brazilians of some European descent (or any other to the extent it is not clearly perceptible) and vice versa, tend to be thrown into the single category of "pardo", although race lines in Brazil do not denote ancestry but phenotype, and as such a westernized Amerindian of copper-colored skin is also a "pardo", a caboclo in this case, despite being not multiracial, but a European-looking person with one or more African or Indigenous American ancestor is not a "pardo" but a "branco", or a white Brazilian.
The same applies to "negros" or Afro-Brazilians and European or Amerindian ancestors.
Mestee, once widely used, is now used mostly for members of historically mixed-race groups, such as Louisiana Creoles, Melungeons, Redbones, Brass Ankles and Mayles.
In South Africa, and much of English-speaking southern Africa, the term Coloured was used to describe a mixed-race person and also Asians not of African descent.
Most Brazilians of all racial groups (except Asian-Brazilians and natives) are to some extent mixed-race according to genetic research.
They are believed to be a mixture of Black Africans and Berbers, and constitute a socially and ethnically distinct group.
These terms are now often considered offensive and are becoming obsolete.
In North Africa, a large number of multiracial communities can also be found.
In the English-speaking world, many terms for people of various multiracial backgrounds exist, some of which are pejorative or are no longer used.
Mulato, zambo and mestizo are used in Spanish, mulato, caboclo, cafuzo, ainoko (from Japanese) and mestiço in Portuguese and mulâtre and métis in French for people of multiracial descent.