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buccaneer

[buhk-uh-neer] /ˌbʌk əˈnɪər/
noun
1.
any of the piratical adventurers who raided Spanish colonies and ships along the American coast in the second half of the 17th century.
2.
any pirate.
Origin of buccaneer
1655-1665
1655-65; < French boucanier, literally, barbecuer, equivalent to boucan barbecue (< Tupi, variant of mukém) + -ier -eer
Related forms
buccaneerish, adjective
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  • A pretty thing if we were snapped up by a buccaneer and sold in the Plantations!'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It was a fame such as no buccaneer—not even Morgan—has ever boasted, before or since.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • With these he thought he could keep the buccaneer contingent in order and submissive.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • My buccaneer transforms himself, under my very eyes, into an alderman!

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Drake was a very great sailor, but he was undoubtedly a buccaneer.

  • In them were a score of snares for the buccaneer with money in his pocket and dope in his blood.

    The Affair of the Brains Anthony Gilmore
  • They had always felt sorry for the unfortunate wife of the buccaneer.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
British Dictionary definitions for buccaneer

buccaneer

/ˌbʌkəˈnɪə/
noun
1.
a pirate, esp one who preyed on the Spanish colonies and shipping in America and the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries
verb (intransitive)
2.
to be or act like a buccaneer
Word Origin
C17: from French boucanier, from boucaner to smoke meat, from Old French boucan frame for smoking meat, of Tupian origin; originally applied to French and English hunters of wild oxen in the Caribbean
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Word Origin and History for buccaneer
n.

1660s, from French boucanier "user of a boucan," a native grill for roasting meat, from Tupi mukem (rendered in Portuguese as moquem c.1587): "initial b and m are interchangeable in the Tupi language" [Klein]. For Haitian variant barbacoa, see barbecue. Originally used of French settlers working as hunters and woodsmen in the Spanish West Indies, a lawless and piratical set after they were driven from their trade by Spanish authorities in the 1690s.

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